The collapse of Oroton, obviously caught a few people by surprise.
Rupert Murdoch's local rag, The Oz, started speculating about a possible takeover. This was after Oroton had gone into a trading halt – the day before it collapsed.
But they were not the only ones making a hash of it.
"How Financially Strong Is OrotonGroup Limited?" asked Simply Wall St, which is a stock spruiker whose point of difference is: "We help you make informed decisions by giving you access to institutional quality data and analysis presented visually."
Early in November it was saying: "If [Oroton] has been on your watchlist for a while, now may be the time to enter into the stock, if you like its growth prospects and are not highly concentrated in the retail industry."
We found another post that also came out a day before the big collapse.
"[Oroton's] low-debt position gives it headroom for future growth funding in the future. Furthermore, its high liquidity ensures the company will continue to operate smoothly should unfavourable circumstances arise."
From Hero to Xero
Imagine a young Richie McCaw defecting from the All Blacks to play for the Wallabies – yes it's a long stretch but bear with me.
This analogy might best explain the reaction to the news local dotcom hero, Rod Drury's Xero, is planning to decamp from the NZX to call the ASX home by next February.
One major local investor is so incensed, he is demanding that Xero put the decision to a shareholder vote.
Milford Asset management's Brian Gaynor – the guy who has been tearing strips off former Commonwealth Bank boss, Ralph Norris, over his handling of Fletcher Building – wrote to the local bourse operator "to request that the NZX requires Xero to receive shareholder approval before delisting from the NZX".
"Milford believes that Xero's recent material share price underperformance is primarily due to the company's delisting decision," it said.
Gaynor is primarily grumbling about the "prejudice" that local Kiwi investors are exposed to as a result of decision like this.
"The Xero waiver decision may reduce investor confidence that the NZX will fully protect investor rights. This could reduce investor participation in the NZX and the performance of the domestic sharemarket," said Milford in its letter.
Sounds kind of like what's happening to Australian rugby thanks to the Kiwi onslaught.
Drury told the local press the move was in the best interests of the company, and its investors, and would pass muster if a vote was required. And it's not like the company itself is forsaking its Kiwi home for Australia given our broadband service makes our Super Rugby teams look like world beaters.
And Drury's on pretty safe ground if it does go to a vote. He is the largest shareholder and the next three biggest investors are all foreigners, including SydneysiderCraig Winkler, who can help put out the welcome mat.
That means more than 40 per cent of the register couldn't care less which side of the ditch Xero chooses to play on.
It is one of CBD's favourite lines from one of our favourite TV shows.
"Philanthropy is the gateway to power," Don Draper's boss Bertram Cooper, explains to our favourite fictional ad man in one of the TV series' finer moments.
The gates of power became a little unhinged this week for actor-turned corporate titan Ian Narev.
The Commonwealth Bank boss was having a busy week, what with the big four dictating a complete about-face by Malcolm Turnbull on that little issue of a royal commission into the sector.
Narev probably didn't need any extra fire fighting at his other job as chairman of the Sydney Theatre Company. His pals at Rupert Murdoch's the Daily Telegraph pulled out a story reporting allegations of "inappropriate conduct" by Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush during a STC production of King Lear in 2015.
A furious Rush – one of the theatre's biggest drawcards – has accused the company of "smearing his name" in what is turning into its biggest fiasco since losing artistic director Jonathan Church in unexplained circumstances last year.
Rush showed the STC board what a class act he is by then stepping down on Saturday as president of Australia's screen industry academy ahead of its annual awards this week.
No need to unnecessarily drag out the drama like a certain bank, and PM, that we know.
Although the day job has been a bit of a distraction for Narev, he is ably aided by tech guru Daniel Petre, former federal pollie Bruce Baird, and billionaire Gretel Packer.
Narev is not the only corporate titan getting swamped by what is meant to be a profile-boosting side-gig.
Opera Australia chairman – former TNT boss David Mortimer – has had some rather explosive issues to deal with after one of the company's longstanding performers was charged with historic child sex offences allegedly committed at his place of work. That would have raised the boardroom blood pressure a notch or two.
Sharing the drama are prominent fundie, Andrew Sisson, and former Telstra exec, Deena Shiff.