DIY Investing in Funds and Shares in New Zealand: Popular Investment Platforms for Kiwis

Do it yourself investing with Smartshares, InvestNow, Sharesies, ASB securities, Direct Broking Stake, Simplicity, Kernel Wealth, and Superlife

Investing is an excellent way to grow your wealth over time- and this is especially true with shares. But where do you begin- which investing service or platform should you use? How do you start “do it yourself investing”. I am going to introduce you to some of the best services and platforms to invest with as a DIY investor in New Zealand that you can use for DIY investing …

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How to Invest in iShares Index Funds by Blackrock while Living in NZ

New Zealand Personal Finance and Investing blog, all about Money budgeting debt credit cards and insurance for Kiwis NZ

The passive index investing movement has taken off in a big way- in New Zealand, we’re just catching up with the rest of the world- especially the US. The big-name when it comes to Invex funds is Vanguard, but there is also iShares (ETF) managed by BlackRock. We all know what makes passive index funds appealing- they are low cost, expose us to a large number of companies and a …

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Creating an InvestNow Portfolio: Let’s get things Started

the ins and outs of creating an investnow porfolio

When it comes to DIY investing in New Zealand it’s hard to look past the InvestNow platform. And there’s a good reason for that. InvestNow has zero fees and you can start investing a minimum investment amount is $50, when part of a Regular Investment Plan, or $250 for one-off investments. InvestNow is a fund platform that offers you access to a variety of funds to invest in. They have 130 funds and offer …

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What does the Typical NZ Investor Look Like?

What does the typical NZ investor look like

Everyone knows I hang out on the InvestNow platform and website quite a bit. I log onto their website every month to look at how my investments are doing. And from time to time I’ll have a look around their website. They have quite a lot of good resources and even an articles page which makes for interesting reading every now and then. Recently I rediscovered their LikeMe tool, which …

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NZ Funds: More Funds Does Not Necessarily Mean More Diversification

More Funds does not mean more diversification

I’ve been having a hard look at my investment funds after realising I have too many. At the end of 2019 I had 11 funds, which is just getting out of hand (again). What are they all doing? How did I end up in this situation? So this year, along with continuing my automatic investing, I want to downsize my investment portfolio. I think one reason is that I ended …

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Dave Ramsey’s Investing Advice

Dave Ramsey's Investing Advice

I’ve always liked Dave Ramsey’s advice. The 7 baby steps have definitely helped many millions of people. They are simple, understandable, and achievable. If you haven’t come across Dave Ramsey’s 7 baby steps, here they are; Save $1,000 for you starter emergency fund Pay off all debt (except the house) using the debt snowball Save 3-6 months of expenses in a fully-funded emergency fund Invest 15% of your household income …

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Vanguard Through InvestNow or Hatch: Which is Cheaper?

Which is cheaper- investing in InvestNow or Hatch US500

A fee week ago I wrote a post outlining how you can get access to Vanguard’s Index fund from New Zealand. I don’t think I need to point out why you would want to invest in Vanguard- it’s widely known that they have a range of low fee, well-diversified index funds. And then last week- I had a look into whether or not fees are correlated to returns for all …

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How to Invest in Vanguard’s Index Funds while Living in New Zealand

how to invest in Vanguard from New Zealand

The passive index investing movement has taken off in a big way- in New Zealand, we’re just catching up with the rest of the world- especially the US. The big-name when it comes to Invex funds is Vanguard- founded by the late Jack Bogel- credited for creating the first index fund.  There is also iShares (ETF) managed by BlackRock. We all know what makes passive index funds appealing- they are low …

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Financial Advisers: Do you need one and how can they help you?

Financial advisors- do we need them? or do they cost too much in fees

Do you need a financial adviser? Do you need a financial adviser? or to put it another way- can you get more value from a financial adviser than they charge? Every day the FIRE community is promoting the lowest cost index fund investment for a number of reasons. One of which is that you will avoid paying extra in fees- does this mean that they also advocate avoiding not using …

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How Long Does It Take To Switch Your kiwisaver

How Long Does It Take To Switch Your KiwiSaver

Now some of you might already know that I decided, back in August, that it was time to move my KiwiSaver fund away from the big bank and high fees and switch to a low fee provider. I decided this after looking into a few low fee KiwiSaver providers and decided Superlife was for me. I like to be hands-on with my investments, Superlife allows me to do that. I …

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