Posts by Gareth Ward

  • Feed: Food Show 2014: Not Bad,

    With all these events I simply don't get paying $30 for the right to be marketed to. Bunch of awesome stall holders etc I'm sure, but why would I pay for the right for them to then sell me stuff?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1721 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…, in reply to bob daktari,

    I am guessing you've already found his SC account

    Since his set here a couple of years back. So good...

    Russell, you may enjoy what's going down in the Boiler Room live at the moment: http://boilerroom.tv/session/london-hercules-love-affair-john-morales-robert-owens-reflex/

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Fair enough. I actually like it better than the Flume one.

    It's pretty basic maths though - Horse Samples: Flume 1 - Diplo 0

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…,

    A terrific remix of 'Tennis Court' that has "feelgood anthem" written all over it.

    First listen to this yesterday left me a little cold - high expectations perhaps. Or perhaps because Flume's remix was so outstanding? Growing slightly on me though...

    And yep, Glitterbox's Soundcloud account has been a great source over the last month, the Greg Wilson mixes in particular.

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  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…,

    Well they could start explaining with a much better website/comms - the linked site is fine if you want to wade through fairly detailed economic targets, but neither that or the media release say plainly what it is they are doing?

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  • Hard News: Autism and celebrity,

    was part of a publicity blitz tied to Geoff's new album

    Yech.

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  • Hard News: A Big Idea, in reply to BenWilson,

    Because both the OCR and the VSR have "neutral" positions - i.e. a (say) 7% contribution rate is standard, not a tax but a compulsory private savings account. They may drop that to 6.75% during stimulators periods. That isn't a benefit. Increasing the rate you transfer your own money to 7.25% to constrain money supply therefore equally isn't best viewed as a tax.
    At best the "tax" is only for the periods of constraining money supply, at which point you'd have to call the lower rates a benefit, or subsidy or something. I get the loose point, but believe labelling it a tax misses it's intention and operation.

    Also, the OCR "only" affects people with either interest-bearing savings or an interest-bearing loan. That's A LOT of people. I'm not convinced it's dramatically less than those people who will be enrolled in compulsory Kiwisaver (less sure).

    The OCR is designed to increase or decrease the money supply - the fact it affects mortgages is just a by-product of the way it's implemented, not a feature or specific goal in itself. A VSR will do the same, just via adding another channel to that mechanism. One that during constraining periods just delays your own access to your "money supply" rather than removing it from you entirely and shipping it to others offshore. And during stimulatory periods will give you access to superannuation funds early. Broadening and lowering the mechanism for altering the money supply strikes me as a good thing.

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  • Hard News: A Big Idea, in reply to BenWilson,

    Since it is essentially imposing a tax

    Hearing this a lot - plenty of smart people claiming "regressive taxation!" - but that's only true if you believe the OCR also is "imposing a tax". At which point it's a tax whose revenue collection lands disproportionately in the overseas accounts of large global financial firms. I don't buy it.

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  • Hard News: A Big Idea,

    An intriguing idea, for this non-economist anyway. I presume the variations will be relatively in line with OCR adjustments - i.e. you'd expect your Kiwisaver contributions to change by 0.25%-0.5% each adjustment. It would be much broader in it's inflation-control (as the number of people in employment > number who own houses) and lining individual retirement funds with monetary policy side-effects seems significantly greater than lining (mostly) offshore funders and (lightly) local savers. And I'm guessing they'll retain OCR adjustments as well, so each of the VSR and OCR adjustments would be more "gentle" as the impact is spread over multiple tools.

    Hizzah for compulsory Kiwisaver at the least - now who is going to grab the "Kiwisaver means-tested superannuation payments" third rail?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1721 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    their advisors ought to be spelling out the risks involved in any particular course of action.

    And those advisors are often (usually?) the ones suggesting the course of action, so I find the standard "lawyers just execute their client's requests as per their obligation" line a little trite.

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