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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Investing in Rental Properties: A Sure thing

Investing in real estate is sometimes thought of as a sure thing

It’s heartening to be able to talk about investing and money out in the real world. At least I got to talk shop with some old friends at a recent social gathering. Anecdotally, I think that the number of money conversations I’ve been having in the real world has increased over the years- Have we a society become more comfortable talking about money? Maybe. But, it could also be me …

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The Cost Of Housing: to Rent, or to Buy- Regional Data

The cost of housing in New Zealand- Regional Data

One of the cornerstones of managing money is to focus on the big three. The three areas in your life that you spend the most money on. They are housing, transport, and food. If you optimise these three aspects you of your life, you can really speed up your journey towards financial independence. Note I deliberately didn’t say you need to save or cut spending on these three aspects- you …

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The Inner Workings of a Mortgage- What you weren’t Taught at School

What I was never taught in school about personal finance and mortgages

The schooling system in New Zealand is great, but the one thing it doesn’t tech (at least when I attended) is personal finance. When I finished I knew more about ancient Greece than I did about mortgages and how they work. Sure, I get why learning history is important, but wouldn’t it be better if the schooling system taught more about money and personal finance? Or just other useful day …

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