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ADRs: Now you can buy even more foreign shares (through us)

Yes it’s true! You can now access hundreds of foreign shares on our investment platform! Starting immediately, you can now access publicly traded international companies through the rollout of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).

Ugh, another acronym?
Yes, another acronym, but it’s a goody. Simply, a US depositary bank buys shares in a foreign company and repackages them to list on the US share markets as ADRs. They’re a simple way to invest in international companies and further diversify your portfolio with companies like Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA), Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. (BABA), JD.com Inc. (JD) and Baidu (BIDU) – plus many, many more.

Easy as pie
You can buy and sell ADRs on Hatch just like your Netflix and Nike shares. Just decide which ADRs to invest in and away you go (but first, check out our FAQ on all things ADRs).

What is Hatch?

With Hatch, you can now buy and sell shares in over 2,900 companies & 500 exchange-traded funds, all listed on the US share markets. Invest dollar amounts to buy as much or as little of a company or ETF as you like, even if it’s a fraction of a share. Powered by Kiwi Wealth. See how it works

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Who’s the boss? Apple vs Facebook

Facebook employees woke up on last Wednesday morning and quickly realised that they couldn’t use their Apple iPhones for the most basic work tasks. No calendars, no campus maps, no lunch menus: was it apocalypse? Nope. It was Apple making a point.

Don’t mess with the Mac Daddy
A lot of Facebook’s employee features run on its internal, custom-built iPhone apps — the ones Apple had shut down thanks to a simmering dispute. What’s Apple’s beef? Well, Facebook violated Apple’s rules by publicly distributing a research app. That’s doesn’t seem so bad! Except this app allowed Facebook to snoop on users’ online activity. How very Facebook! So, when Apple caught wind of the transgression last week, it took Facebook’s toys away.

24 hours of pure hell
Apple restored Facebook’s access the next day, but it’s a stark reminder who really has the power in the technology world. Facebook might be the world’s biggest social network, but Apple controls the distribution of apps on its phones. This latest stunt just shows that tensions are still high between Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies.

Apple has worms
Apple isn’t free from its own troubles. Over the last week, it’s been dealing with its own privacy problems when a bug was discovered in its FaceTime app, letting creepers spy on the video and audio FaceTime calls of other users. Yikes! Apple says they will fix the problem with an iOS update in the next week.

IP-Oh my! 2019 IPOs so hot right now

First ADRs, now onto the IPOs. 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the IPO with plenty of new and exciting opportunities potentially hitting the share markets. Okay, 2018 was pretty good with the IPOs of Aurora (ACB), Hexo (HEXO), and Tilray (TLRY) who helped make “pot stocks” one of the most popular categories in Hatch. But enough about them – that’s old news. What does the future hold for IPOs? Read on.

The most watched IPOs of 2019: Lyft, Uber, Beyond Meat, and more!

Lyft is Uber’s biggest competitor in the US, and like Uber, it’s a ride service. It’s the name that gives it away. Lyft might be Uber’s younger sister, but she’s got guts. They’ve raised over $5 billion since 2012 and are valued at $15 billion.

Beyond Meat is a plant based producer of meat substitutes. Vegans rejoice! They’re looking for a cool $100 million to be raised when they go public. Clearly, it’s not just popular with the veggies, in the first nine months of 2018, the company generated revenue of $56.4 million.

The ultimate ride-hailing service is known around the globe, including its scandals! Uber is targeting a valuation of $120 billion, which seems OTT, but a possibility. Its popular restaurant delivery service Uber Eats, dockless scooters and autonomous vehicle technologies make this IPO one to watch.

The social media industry had a pretty bad 2018, but Pinterest’s revenue jumped 50% last year and they’re ready to go public. Pinterest is seeking a valuation of at least $12 billion. A scandal-free social media company? Say it ain’t so.

Slack is a popular office-messaging platform whose software allows workers to collaborate sans email. Seeking a valuation of $10 billion, Slack was founded in 2009, and is likely found on a workstation near you.

The home-sharing challenger brand is valued at $31 billion. They haven’t yet declared that they’re going public, but CEO Brian Chesky said last year that 2019 might be the year. Watch this space.

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