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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ANZ Interest Rates (updated 27.10.09)

Schedule of interest rates released by ANZ Fiji are as follows:
  • Business Index Rate - 9.85%;
  • Residential Property Loan : Standard Variable Rate - 8.00%, 1 Year Fixed Rate - 7.75%;
  • Investment Loan : Standard Variable Rate - 8.50%, 1 Year Fixed Rate - 8.00%;
  • Personal Loans : Secured - 11.00%, Unsecured - 15.00%;
  • Small Loans : Unsecured - 19.50%;
  • Retail Term Deposits: 9 months to 1 year - 2.25%, 1 to 1.5 Years - 3.50%, 1.5 to 2 Years - 3.75%, 2 Years to 3 Years - 4.00%.

Interest rates are on a per annum basis and may be varied by ANZ without prior notice. For investment advice and portfolio management, pls call our office on telephone (679) 3342719 or email

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our Strategic Planning Consultancy

As part of our suit of products, we offer consultancy in the area of strategic planning.

Using a strategic planning model that we have developed, after reviewing other models that are in use, we have developed the current strategic plans for Fiji National Provident Fund, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings, among others.

We have also assisted with developing annual corporate plans for some government agencies/departments. As part of this, we ensure that there is a link between the company's/organisation's strategic plan and its annual strategies and that those responsible for implementing strategies are clearly identified with time frames put in place.

During the current constrained business and economic environment, it might do well for companies to have another review of where they wish to position themselves over the next two to three years and then review/identify new strategies to take them there.

Organisational objectives that might have been relevant in the past two years might need to be reviewed as companies/organisations relook at themselves given the current global/domestic conditions.

If you are a company or organisation that needs assistance in this regard, and need more information on how we can help you, you can call our office on (679) 3342719 or email us on

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Our Risk Management Consultancy

We are completing the development of a risk management framework including risk management policies, procedures and processes for an insurance company in Fiji.

As part of this consultancy, we used a risk management product that was have developed after reviewing other models being used overseas and developing a generic model that can be used for companies/organisations in Fiji and the Pacific Islands region.

The product helps us, together with the client, to develop policies to manage risks within the client company/organisation, including processes to identify, assess and manage risks within that company/organisation.

Most companies/organisations around the world and in the Pacific Islands region do not have a good idea of the risks that their businesses engage in or with.

It has been found that managing risks effectively, leads to improved efficiencies, effectiveness and profitability for a company/organisation.

Our product helps a company identify the risks that it engages in/with, assesses those risks and then identifies strategies to manage those risks. We can also recommend suitable changes to a client's organisation structure to put in place an appropriate hierarchy, reporting lines and systems to manage risks within that organisation/company.

If you need further information on this product or a proposal, pls call our office on (679) 3342719 or email