The following articles have been authored by Matthew Mimms, Managing Director of The Investment Store. They cover a variety of topical investment issues and current affairs and reflect the opinions of the author.


For Sudden the Worse Turns the Best.

8 May 2020 | Matthew Mimms

“For sudden the worst turns the best for the brave” - Robert Browning, Prospice, 1861

It might seem a tad perverse, now at least, to suggest that a post COVID-19 world might present a genuine opportunity to curve out a much better and brighter future.

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Good Value for less than the Cost of a Pint.

January 30, 2020 | Matthew Mimms

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne – English Writer and Poet (1572 - 1631).

The UK will start the process of leaving the European Union on 31 January 2020. After three and a half years of arguments, intrigue, countless parliamentary votes and 2 general elections, Prime Minister Johnson finally secured a parliamentary mandate in the recent general election that allows him and his government to “get Brexit done” and bring the UK’s formal membership of the EU to an end. 

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Global Credit – The Missing Asset Class – Re-Visited.

August 26, 2019 | Matthew Mimms

Three years ago, I authored an article entitled, “Global Credit – the Missing Asset Class”. Set against a background of low and falling interest rates, the article highlighted the challenges facing income demanding NZ investors; and introduced a sometimes-overlooked asset class as part of a possible solution, Global Credit.

Three years on, this article examines how fixed income options have fared, we re-examine the case for global credit and look ahead to future challenges and opportunities for fixed income investors in New Zealand.

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From Marginal to Mainstream.

December 5, 2016 | Matthew Mimms

It didn’t seem too long ago that ethical and responsible investing was viewed as very much at the margins, and one where better ethics came at the expense of investment returns. Today, whether at home in NZ or globally, responsible investing is anything but marginal.

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Limits To Growth.

April 13, 2016 | Matthew Mimms

The following is an edited extract of a presentation given to the 6th Annual Perfecting Investment Portfolios Conference in Auckland on 5th April 2016. The subject was: Limits to Growth; can we expect global growth rates (and consequently asset price growth) to slow in...

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The Case for Global Credit - the Missing Asset Class.

January 29, 2016 | Matthew Mimms

Income focussed investors in New Zealand are facing challenging times. Bonds that were issued a few years ago at high interest rates are now maturing. A quick look at a comparison of term deposit rates shows that you’re unlikely to get much approaching...

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The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment.

November 2014 | Matthew Mimms

A number of high profile investor groups in NZ have recently adopted a fossil fuel free investment policy. This includes Dunedin City Council (through its Waipouri Fund) and 5 Anglican Diocese. They join a growing global movement, perhaps the most noticeable recent addition being the heirs to the Rockefeller Family through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  Why?

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Bugger Off, I'm Full!

September 5, 2013 | Matthew Mimms

In Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”, there’s a nauseating but equally watchable scene in which, Mr Creosote (he’s enormous), slumped at a table in an upmarket French restaurant, orders and eats everything on the menu, washed down with crates of beer and wine.  When ask...

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