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Managed Account Program

Posted on 3 April 2014


In addition to our existing facilities, we are now providing a managed account service, with a new fee structure which reflects performance on the account, aligning our interests with yours, and reducing the transaction costs.  Basically, if you don’t profit from our advice – neither do we.

A separately managed account (SMA) allows BBY New Zealand (BBY), through a specifically designated manager, to manage a client’s trading account and use its discretion to make and execute trading decisions on behalf of the client without specific approval each time. 

It means that you can invest in these niche markets, without having to commit the personal time and attention required to trade these markets yourself.

How it works is that, in consultation with us, you select your preferred manager, trading strategy and risk profile.  We then,

  • manage the account for you according to that criteria,
  • make and execute the trading decisions, and
  • report to you regularly on the state and performance of the account.  

Why invest in derivatives, and why via a managed account?

A viable alternative to traditional investments (e.g. property, term deposit), derivatives such as futures contracts and margin-FX products offer potential for enhanced returns in a variety of market conditions, and provide substantial diversification of your investment portfolio.   

Investing in these markets via an SMA, using the expertise of a professional trading advisor (manager), gives investors exposure to these complex markets without having to dedicate years of time and training to get to a point where the trading can be properly managed and structured.  Having an advisor managing your account also adds some objectivity and discipline to the process which gets lost when a client is trading their own account directly.

Trading Strategy and Analysis

A preferred trading strategy and limitations are agreed with the client when the SMA is established, and referenced in the Client Authority.

Trading strategies will reflect a mixed analysis of economic fundamentals and technical indicators, depending on your nominated manager, and the trading instructions chosen by the client.

Trading will be focused on foreign exchange and futures products – giving clients exposure to these more speculative trading markets - high reward/high risk.  The goal is to make sure the risk is managed properly, and that the potential rewards properly reflect the risks involved.

The result is an individually held, managed risk/reward orientated account that complements a client’s more traditional portfolio, and provides significant diversification and hedging opportunities.

Asset Classes

The products in which the account will operate will tend to be non-correlated to traditional asset classes and therefore have the ability to generate profits when traditional assets such as shares and property are producing negative returns. The instruments that can be included for selection in the account are predominantly from the following market sectors;

  • Foreign Exchange
  • Metals
  • Commodities
  • Share Market Indices


The account will strive to deliver positive returns under all market conditions, including falling markets, and aims to achieve net returns in excess of 20 % p.a., which reflects the risk being taken with this style of investment. Clients should note however that, as with all types of investing, there are no guarantees or promises that a specific return can or will be made.

Risk Management

There are inherent risks in investing in derivative products.  They are complex, the markets can be volatile and speculative, and because of the leverage involved investors are exposed for more than their initial deposit.    

Leverage is a significant factor in managing risk, as is the proper use of stop losses and position sizing.  The more leverage, the more of a gamble the trade becomes, and the less relevance fundamental analysis has on the result.  It’s a delicate line between utilising sufficient leverage to benefit from trading opportunities, and over-leveraging which means the market dictates your trading decisions and emotions – not you.

In order to manage this exposure and to derive proper benefit from the leverage opportunities available we have established specific rules around risk management and position sizing, including set margin limits and stop losses.  Counterparty risk is reduced by ensuring that all counterparties are licensed and regulated by ASIC.

While we can mitigate risks to some extent by careful management, risk cannot of course be negated entirely.  However, by applying these principles we can at least ensure that the risks are managed in a manner that is commensurate with the potential rewards. 

Fee structure

An administrative fee of 2.0% p.a. is charged monthly to cover administrative costs, and a manager’s performance fee equal to 25% of profit over the life of the account, measured against a perpetual high water mark, is charged monthly.  This means that the incentives and rewards of the manager are closely aligned with that of the client. 


The Minimum Deposit required to open an SMA is NZ$20,000, with a minimum term of only one month.  The SMA will be managed in NZ$ and all administration and management fees will be charged in NZ$.

Withdrawals and Deposits

To enable adjusting of positions, accurate calculations of management fees and performance fees, withdrawals and deposits need to be instructed within 5 business days of the last trading day of the month and will be made within 5 business days after the 1st trading day of the following month.

Reporting and Communications

The client will;

  • Receive monthly notification by email of trading performance, account balance and fees;
  • Receive Quarterly Reports and Annual Statements at the end of each financial period; and
  • Be able to view their account online to monitor the investments on a 24/7 basis.

Account Opening

To open an account, click here.

Manager Trading Profiles

To read more about our managers and their trading profiles, click here.


BBY (NZ) Limited, a specialist advisor in Futures - FX - CFD - Options - Shares - Gold - Silver - Commodities - Managed Accounts - DIMS


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BBY Investing is hiring Private Client Advisors

Posted on 8 October 2013

BBY are seeking experienced Private Client Advisors who have:

  • proven sales and business developments results
  • an existing or transferrable client base
  • appropriate qualification
  • sound knowledge of industry regulation and compliance underpinned by a strong ethical foundation

For full details, please click here to view the flyer.

If you match our ideal candidate profile, we would be very keen to hear from you.

BBY (NZ) Limited, a specialist advisor in Futures – FX – CFD – Options – Shares – Gold – Silver – Commodities

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Chart of interest - Gold

Posted by Graham Parlane on 23 August 2013

The decade long rally in Gold has been in a wide ‘flat bottom triangle’ consolidation for nigh on a year now. My main premise has been that the Gold market is sitting ‘long’ and that there would be very little oomph from any further Fed action. As such I have been looking for a potential shake out to the downside.

My view is in jeopardy as the precious metals have put in very good performances over the last few days. Recall Gold and Silver were amongst the biggest beneficiaries of the printing programs previously.

Given developments the Gold charts are particularly interesting.

Fig 1) – 10 year Gold chart

10 year Gold chart – click here to view

Fig 2) – A closer look. US$1,660.00 looks a key level.

Closer look Gold chart – click here to view

Cheers G

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Chart of interest - gold, technically perfect?

Posted by Graham Parlane on 13 February 2013

Good morning

Two nights ago Gold dropped sharply, stopping out many of my ‘long Gold’ clients. The move through the previous low of US$1,651.00 was particularly sharp with stop losses at that level done with significant ‘slippage’ at $1,647.00. That slippage tells me, quite clearly, that my clients were not alone and the market on the whole was caught out on the drop (caught long).

This is classic market behaviour. If market participants are all sitting long then they are sellers on their next transactions, thus inhibiting moves higher. Now a large amount of those  longs have been forced out. Clearly the implication to me is that the market is now free to move higher…….

With that in mind take a look at the chart.

1)     The move down from the US$1797 high to the $1625 low was a prefect ‘Fibonacci’ 61.8% of the previous rally ($1527 to $1797).

2)     The latest 3 week pull back is again a perfect ‘Fibonacci’ number, this time a 76.4% move (my favourite ratio which I have observed often occurs before big moves – the depth of the move often confounding the most ardent bull – as is my base case here).

3)     Yesterday’s low stopped on the rising trend line from the aforementioned lows.

Big picture

XAUUSD – click here to view chart

A closer look

XAUUSD Closer Look – click here to view chart

No doubt this analysis is all a bit over the top for most of you but the end result could be a good buying opportunity with clear trading parameters if you are a gold bull (USD bear) like me.


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Charts of Interest - Copper & the USD Index

Posted by Graham Parlane on 31 January 2013


In the wake of the FED’s FOMC announcement this morning these charts bear close scrutiny.

The FED have pledged to keep the money spigots wide open, to pay for their US$85 bio per month of various securities purchases, until the labour market improves to 6.5% unemployed goal. i.e. the song remains the same.

We know that the majority of data from around the world, last night’s U.S. GDP excepted, has been strongly on the improve lately so is Dr. Copper (recall Gartman says it has a PHD in economics), ready to break higher just as the USD Index drops below support?

Copper / USD Index – click here to view chart

With the EUR/USD rampaging higher, Gold and Silver again looking strong I suspect these support/resistance areas will be broken in due course and create very tradable moves.

Regards G

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USD/JPY and JPY crosses - is this the retirement trade?

Posted by Graham Parlane on 22 November 2012


The USD/JPY has attained the state that I refer to as ‘trending’. Price pushing up hard and fast against spaying Bollinger Bands . The ‘morning star’ rejection of lower levels that I documented on the 10th of November has been a wonderful indicator.

From observing this technical state in the past I’ve noted that ‘pullbacks against the trend can be quite sharp but they are usually brief by time’ (24/48 hours).

This pair, in my opinion has been incredibly depressed for a number of years, and it could really fly going forward. Why not 100+?

For a bit of perspective (and showing my age) this pair was at 250.00 when I started in FX and had been at 360.00 in the late 1960’s.

USDJPY – click here to view chart

What about Gold (the store of value as central banks globally attempt to inflate their way out of trouble) versus the JPY? Check the 1 year consolidation break out!

XAUJPY – click here to view chart

And NZD/JPY ? The Christchurch rebuild will make NZ’s economics look unlike any other western economy and on the other side of the ledger Japan’s problems (which I’ve documented many times recently) undermines the JPY. 100 on this cross anyone?……………………….and you get paid to hold it!

NZDJPY – click here to view chart

A trade weighted type portfolio of each of these pairs may be vastly rewarding going forward.


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Stunning Gold Chart - Gold on the Cusp of a Strong Rally?

Posted by Graham Parlane on 13 November 2012


For a very long time Gold has been considered a commodity, however since the GFC and the massive money printing conducted by the world’s central banks, the modern view is to consider Gold as money i.e. that classic store of value when everything around it is being debased. To whit Gold has been rising steadily as Copper (the Dr with the PHD in Industrial Activity) has been declining just as steadily.

Given that Gold was one of the main beneficiaries of the first few rounds of QE and the world’s central banks have again, over the last few months, embarked on another easing frenzy one could expect that Gold will begin to rise again.

In that context this long term chart of Gold, as measured against its 55 week moving average, makes for very interesting reading.

Since the 2001 low of US$255.00 oz the 55 week moving average has done a simply amazing job of defining the major trend. Now the recent sharp drop to US$1.672 oz very much looks like the low made in April 2009 before Gold embarked on a massive 122% rise. (This was the same period that my Mr Silverballs rode NZ$1,500 to NZ$1,000,000 in Silver using the leveraging capabilities of the BBY Online system).

Further hardening my resolve that Gold may be on the cusp of another strong rise after a 13 month consolidation, the weekly bounce off the 55 week m.a. was a ‘bullish engulfing week’.

Chart 1 – The 55 week m.a. documented.

55 m.a. – Click here to view chart

Chart 2 – A closer look at the recent bounce.

A closer look – Click here to view chart

I think that this could be one of those very rare occasions where an truly stunning opportunity exists. I have multiple ideas on how to capture any ensuing move should you be interested.

Cheers G.

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Physical Gold - the major new trend

Posted on 1 November 2012

Much has been written about Gold’s dramatic rise in price over the past decade or so and it certainly appears that this trend is set to continue for some time yet.

However within this trend of increasing demand for Gold a new trend, and probably the most important development yet, is starting to take hold and this is the demand for investors to hold actual physical gold.

The significance of this development is that in the early part of Gold’s rising trend the market was to a very large degree driven by the paper market with the introduction of Exchange Traded Funds which tracked and were backed by gold. Investors flocked to these funds and as a result more and more of these types of funds were brought to the market. Such has been the proliferation of these funds that many in the market are starting to wonder if indeed these funds actually hold the amount of gold they profess to hold. There may not be anything in this concern and perhaps these funds do indeed have the amount of gold they say they do but the very idea of being ‘pooled’ with other investors is certainly losing its attractiveness.

According to the World Gold Council purchases of gold bars and coins have increased nearly 100% since 2009, whereas additions to Exchange Traded Funds are down by nearly three quarters in the same time period.

Investors are becoming increasingly concerned about developments in the financial markets and they know that throughout history gold has been a safe haven for their wealth, the more the value of paper currencies are eroded by such things as QE the more valuable their Gold becomes. Now accompanying  this increasing fear is the increasing desire to hold their gold in a secure vault in their own name or for some burying it under the floorboards at home is the way to go (not something I would particularly recommend but everyone to their own).

The matter of secure vaulting has also been much highlighted recently as many holders of physical gold have their gold stored in Bank vaults and Banks are notorious for leasing out the gold that they have in their vaults.  There have been many cases recently of significant gold investors requesting delivery of their gold, that is supposedly being held in a Bank’s vault, only to be presented with delay tactics from the Bank while the Bank struggles to obtain the Gold to deliver back to its client.  

In recognition of this increasing trend in the desire to actually own physical gold in your own name and in a secure commercial Non- Bank vault (no leasing to worry about or pooling of ownership) we at Edge Capital Markets have obtained access for our clients to a Gold purchasing service that was previously only available to wholesale clients, with the accompanying very attractive precious metal prices, of course actual delivery of the metals is available for those who want to provide their own storage at home (spade and extra floorboards not included).

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Pullbacks in the Gold market are healthy

Posted on 25 October 2012

Since the recent and short lived breach of USD1800 on Oct 5 the price of gold has taken quite a tumble, closing today just above USD1700 mark. Once again any precipitous move downwards in the price of the precious metal has produced a myriad of claims from many in the finance community of its imminent demise. I noted that even in the NZ Herald last weekend a well known NZ market commentator had added in his article on a possible property crash that Gold was also showing signs of a bubble (nothing else was included to back up his claim in relation to Gold, he obviously believes that no context information was required). These Market commentators are probably the same people who were claiming that Gold’s run was over when the price fell below USD1550 as recently as May of this year, and other similar calls throughout the past decade whenever Gold has suffered a significant pullback.

I am not saying that this current pullback is necessarily over, after all both the 100 and 200 day moving averages are still quite a way down from here sitting around the USD1650 level thus it is quite possible that this current pullback could target that level, what I am saying is that throughout Gold’s bull run of the last 12 years significant price pullbacks have been necessary (and therefore healthy) for the run to continue over the long term.

With regard the movement in the price of Gold over the past 3 months, it should be noted that the expectation of QE3, followed by the actual announcement of it, caused quite a huge run up in the price. Now of course the market is waiting for the enaction of QE3 to start taking effect, so this latest pullback was not entirely unexpected, even though the severity of it was probably not so expected.

At times like these it is sensible to not panic and to continue to maintain a core holding in Gold, if your expectation (as is mine) that the precious metal has still considerable upside in its future price.

Just remind yourself why you purchased Gold in the first place and reflect on whether any of those fundamental reasons have indeed altered in any way, if they haven’t (and I would suggest that this is the case) then continue to hold Gold and wait to be rewarded for doing so.       

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For those that haven't already, it's time to Buy Gold

Posted on 12 October 2012

Despite the fact that many of today’s financiers treat the subject of gold with nothing short of disdain, whatever your level of wealth gold should be a part of your strategy to increase or protect your wealth over the long term future.

Consequently, the following information is with regard to buying and holding gold for the long term (a number of years) and is not a short term trading recommendation as buyers need to be aware that gold is susceptible to significant price moves both up and down especially over the short term. 

The four basic reasons to hold gold are: 

  • Gold has proven to be a reliable preserver of wealth.
  • As well as protecting wealth its been performing extremely well as an investment for the past decade.
  • Gold being treated as real money has been normal practice throughout history and likely to be normal practice in the future.
  • And very importantly in the current environment it is insurance against financial crises.

So let’s explore more fully the above reasons to hold gold in your investment portfolio: 

  1. Storage of wealth  – a common example given is that in the 1920’s a Wall St executive could buy a high quality men’s business suit for USD35.00 which was also the cost of an ounce of gold at that time. Today a high quality men’s suit for a Wall St executive would cost around USD1700-1800 which is the cost of an ounce of gold in today’s prices.
    I have also read reports that an ounce of gold bought a Roman senator his toga and sandals 2000 years ago but I am not quite sure how to substantiate this claim.
    Despite years of inflation gold has maintained its purchasing power, but the same can certainly not be said for the money in your pocket or saved in the bank.  Over those same years inflation has massively eroded the value of cash – it now takes nearly $1000 to purchase what you got for $100 forty years ago.
  2. Gold= Money  – in many past civilizations gold has been used as money. However, gold is totally suitable for this purpose as it is rare, standardized in purity and weight , divisible, and indestructible. The reserve currency of the world the US dollar was taken off the gold standard by President Nixon in 1971 (note that the time since is the same forty year period mentioned above with regard erosion of the value of money) and consequently since 1971 the world’s currencies have been what are known as fiat currencies i.e. paper currencies not based on a relative value to gold.  Prior to 1971 the US dollars convertibility into gold had kept the worlds currencies on a sound footing due to the fact that all currencies were convertible into US dollars and therefore convertible into gold.   
    Throughout history countries and empires have attempted to create a monetary system that is not based on gold and yet all of these fiat monetary systems eventually failed and the paper currency in use went out of existence. There is no reason to believe that this will not be the eventual fate of today’s fiat paper currencies. Therefore it is highly probable that at some point in the not too distant future the world will return to some sort of gold standard i.e. return to normal. If this occurs it is likely that holders of gold would see a significant appreciation of the value of their gold.
  3. Gold’s stellar performance as an investment over the past decade. At the turn of the new millennium gold was priced at approx USD $400. Since then it has risen steadily and the average annual return over the past 12 years has been approximately 15%. Gold’s current price is ranging between USD1750-USD1800  and the expectation from many of the large financial institutions is for gold to rise to above USD 2000 during or even prior to 2013.
    Central banks are playing a huge role in this outperformance, according to the World Gold Council central bank purchasing of gold has soared, with the 157.5  metric tons of gold bought by central banks in the second quarter 2012 being an increase of 62.9% from the 1st quarter 2012 and a 137.9% increase on second quarter 2011. And when you consider that prior to this last decade central banks were net sellers of gold they have certainly realised which way the wind is blowing. With central banks, and in particular the Chinese central bank who has become the largest importer of gold, likely to continue this hoarding of gold there is no reason to suspect that this upward trend will not continue for a number of years to come eventually rising above USD5000.
  4. Insurance – in times of financial crises assets that are held electronically or on paper can quickly have their value eroded or even disappear in the worst types of crises. Gold being acknowledged as a safe haven makes it an asset to jump into when you are wanting to take your funds out of the financial system and seek the protection of something that is real and everlasting ie Gold.

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