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S&P/NZX 50 Index
|Founded||31 December 2002; predecessors dating back to 1870s|
|Headquarters||Wellington, New Zealand|
Mark Peterson (CEO)|
James Miller (Chair)
Jon Macdonald (Director)
Lindsay Wright (Director)
Dr Patrick Strange (Director)
Richard Bodman (Director)
Frank Aldridge (Director)
Nigel Babbage (Director)
NZX is at its core a markets business operating equity, debt, derivatives and energy markets. To support the development of its core markets, they provide trading, clearing, settlement, depository and data services. To ensure they are well connected to New Zealand investors, NZX owns Smartshares, New Zealand's only issuer of Exchange Traded Funds, and KiwiSaver provider Superlife.
At the end of June 2018, the NZX had a total of 301 listed securities with a combined market capitalisation of NZD$164.5 billion.
NZX began life as a number of regional stock exchanges during the gold rush of the 1870s. Brokers’ Associations started in Dunedin Brokers’ Association in 1867, Otago in 1868, Auckland in 1872 and Wellington in 1882. The Dunedin Association became a Stock Exchange in 1893, Christchurch gained an exchange in 1900. Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Thames and Wellington formed the Stock Association of New Zealand in 1915, joined by Taranaki in 1916, Invercargill in 1920 and Gisborne in 1922. Merger was investigated from 1976, Christchurch and Invercargill merged in 1978 and a national exchange was formed in 1983.
In 1974 these regional exchanges were amalgamated to form one national stock exchange, the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZSE).
On 16 October 2002 the Member Firms of the New Zealand Stock Exchange voted in favour of demutualisation, and on 31 December 2002, NZSE became a limited liability company. On 30 May 2003, New Zealand Stock Exchange Limited formally changed its name to New Zealand Exchange Limited, trading as NZX, and on 3 June 2003 listed its own securities on its main equity market.
Mark Weldon was chief executive from 2002 to 2012.
In December 2002, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, as it was then known, became a listed company. It officially changed its name to the New Zealand Exchange Limited around six months later and now trades as NZX.
In 2009, NZX made a number of acquisitions in the rural sector, including a Feilding-based publications business and the Clear Grain Exchange in Melbourne.
In May 2012 Tim Bennett replaced Mark Weldon as NZX's CEO, returning from Singapore to take up the position.
In October 2016 Tim Bennett announced that he would step down from his position as CEO on 31 December 2016. NZX's Head of Markets, Mark Peterson, stepped in as interim CEO on January 1, 2017, becoming CEO on a permanent basis from April 2017.
The principal activities of NZX are:
NZX Main Board (NZSX) – normal trading hours 10am – 4:45pm
NZX Alternative Market (NZAX) – normal trading hours 10am – 4:45pm
NZX Debt Market (NZDX) – normal trading hours 9am – 4:45pm
Dairy Derivatives – normal trading 2am – 10pm but the market opens at 8am on Mondays.
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