Everyday Investment Advice: Is it Any Good?

Everyday Investment Advice: Is it Any Good? or is it bad to listen to common everyday investment advice

Sometimes it’s easier to identify bad advice than it is to identify good advice. I find this to be especially true when discussing investing in general- and even more so when talking about investing in shares or index funds. I thought I would discuss some of the advice I have come across over the years and share with you some of my opinions. Now- you may not agree with my …

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Longheld Myths about the Share Market

Long Held beliefs about the sharemarket that are not true. Investing in New Zealand

Certain myths seem to persist over time. For instance- there’s the myth that there is a dark side to the moon. I blame Pink Floyd for this one! There is no dark side to the moon- it’s just the far side. Which has the same light and dark as the side we can see. The share market is like the dark side of the moon for many Kiwis. Mysterious and …

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Kernel Wealth Review + New Index Funds on Offer

Review of Kernel Wealth NZ new global funds

As you all know, I am an avid index investor. I’m generally interested in low cost, well-diversified index funds. There is a good deal of evidence out there that low-cost well-diversified index funds give you the best chance of getting a great return from the share market with little effort. No researching companies, or timing entry and exits of positions- while interesting- I don’t have the time. And lower fees …

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Should You Pay Down the Mortgage Early or Invest Instead?

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Whether you should pay down your mortgage faster, or invest instead, is one of the longest-running debates in personal finance. What should you do with any extra money that you might have- pay off your mortgage, or invest? There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both sides. Sure, you can be completely analytical and run the numbers to get an estimate of which is better for you in the long …

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Filing My Foreign Investment Fund Tax Return

Filing My Foreign Investment Fund Tax Return

31 March 2020 marked the end of the financial year for the year 2020 – which also means that in the next few months you will need to file taxes! Luckily, we have an easy tax system in New Zealand. For many people you who are on salaried wages, your tax is automatically done for you through PAYE (pay as you earn). Your employer would have already paid your taxes on …

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Where Should You Invest Your Hard Earned Money?

Where Should You Invest Your Hard Earned Money? advice for New Zealanders, Kiwis, and people from NZ

One of the most asked questions, when it comes to investing, is generally along the vein of “I have X amount of dollars, where should I invest it”. And it’s a hard question to answer with just that much information. There are two other pieces of information that you need to know when deciding where to invest your money. One being, what is your investment time frame- how long are …

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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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Get Your Personal Finances Sorted in Five Stages

Get your personal finance sorted in 5 stages

It takes time to get your personal finances sorted. And often you don’t know where to start. And the thing is that no one can really show you how you should sort your personal finance, after all, personal finance is exactly that- Personal. However, there are several key stages in personal finance that you do need to get sorted. These are the stages that I have gone through to get …

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AMP NZ Share index fund vs SmartShares NZ Top 50: Fee Update

AMP NZ Share Index Fund Vs SmartShares NZ Top 50

A little over two years ago AMP Capital NZ introduced three new low-cost index fund for Kiwi investors. They were the; NZ Shares Index Fund with a management fee at 0.33% and Buy/Sell spread of 0.10% All Country Global Shares Index Fund with management fee at 0.38% and a Buy/Sell spread 0.15% Hedged Global Fixed Interest Index Fund with a managed fee at 0.39% and a Buy/Sell spread 0.10% The …

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NZX50 Past Percentage Returns table

Past returns and average returns of the NZX50

The year by year returns of the NZX 50 Index, an index representing the 50 largest stocks listed on the New Zealand Exchange.Table of returns for the NZX50. As of April 2020- the NZX 50 has returned 476% since the year 2002. Historically, the New Zealand Stock Market (NZX 50) reached an all-time high of 12107.45 in February of 2020- just before COVID 19- which was a 545% return since 2002. Year Open Close Gain/Loss Percentage …

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