How Much Money Do You Have Left?

How Much Money Do You Have Left? The Money Game

I want you to do a quick exercise. I want you to work out how much money you have earnt for your entire life. Adding your income for the last year, back to what you earned when you were 14 years old. Add it all together. (You can log onto IRD to get a summary of earnings for the last few years.) Now, don’t count your investment returns, just your …

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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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The Myth of Bad Spending

the myth of bad spending- how spending money isn't good or bad

When we talk about spending money it’s usually in absolutes. There’s good spending and bad spending. Spending money that you have budgeted for on healthy food is good and spending money on daily coffee is bad. Impulsive purchasing of consumer items and clothing is going to kill you in your sleep. That’s bad spending. But is it really this simple when we talk about spending? or are we simply missing …

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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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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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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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The Intimidating Aspects of Money- Budgeting and Raises

The intimidating aspects of money- budgeting and raises

Generally us humans don’t like intimidating things, and we don’t like things that give us a different answer than we are looking for. It’s typical for us to ignore these things completely. It’s kind of like that for money. If you really look at your finances for the first time it might be intimidating. You might find that you really can’t afford that new car you want, or you might …

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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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Can You Tell Me, Should I be Investing?

Can you tell me- should I be investing?

So-how about it, can you tell me, should I be investing? Yes- absolutely you should be investing… Good simple question… …actually it’s a terrible question. It’s really an oversimplify question. And one that everyone seems to have, and that the internet seems to be able to answer with a resounding yes. The question, Can You Tell Me, Should I be Investing, creates a false dichotomy. There is much more nuanced …

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