My Favourite Kiwi Money and Personal Finance Podcasts

My favourite NZ personal finance and money podcasts

Everyone might find themselves with a lot of time on their hands currently. So why not spend some time learning. I love learning. I ‘m a life-long learner. Ever since I can remember, I loved learning about things and ideas. I continued to learn as I grew. I went to university and then post-graduate degree, followed on with a 4-year registrar position That’s an extra 9 years of study after …

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A lesson Learnt: Emergency Funds and Risk Tolerance

A Lesson Learnt in Emergency Fund -And Risk Tolerance

There are some things in life that you can only truly learn through experience. Right now, what the world is teaching us (at least in terms of personal finance, there are many other lessons being taught too) is just how important it is to figure out our risk tolerance- and the need to have an emergency fund. It’s not that you can’t learn about risk tolerance and the need for …

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Is Your Credit Score Important In New Zealand

Is you credit score important in New Zealand- and how do you get access to it?

The idea of the importance of your credit score has been growing in New Zealand. Credit scores are big in the US- and if you are in the US- your credit score seems to be important judging on the many posts about how to improve your credit score. But- is your credit score important in NZ? or is it just being pushed by the three big credit score agencies? Does …

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10 Steps Needed to Achieve Financial independence in NZ

10 Steps Needed to Achieve Financial independence in NZ

If you’re like me then you have a dream to become financially independent- it’s an admirable goal. But why do so few people actually become financially independent in New Zealand? Financial independence doesn’t happen overnight- and that’s where the problem lies. It takes a detailed plan and years of willingness to commit to the plan before you will financially become financially independent in New Zealand and any other country around …

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Net Worth- How Do You Calculate It? And is it Worth Tracking?

Net Worth how do you calculate it and is it worth tracking

It’s common to hear about the net worth of billionaires and famous people. Forbes calculates a list of the richest people in the world every year. Take the top 5 in 2019’s list; Jeff Bezos– $113.0 billion Bill Gates– $107.1 billion Bernard Arnault– $106.6 billion Warren Buffet -$86.9 billion Mark Zuckerberg– $74.9 billion Those 5 people nearly have $500 billion between them. That’s about 5 times what the New Zealand …

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End of Year wrap up and Personal Finance Checklist

End Of 2019 Wrap Up And Personal Finance Checklist

2019 is coming to an end. And what a year it has been. I managed to sort out my Kiwisaver by switching to a lower fee option- granted it’s not the lowest option out there, but I like the customisation that Superlife gives me. I did manage to take my time making this decision and ultimately I was overwhelmed by which choice is the best. Talk about information overload. In …

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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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What is AfterPay? and should you use it?

afterpay- should you use it or avoid it- is it better than a credit card

If you’ve been shopping online recently you may have noticed something different when you go to pay. 6 new words below the buy now button. “or 4 easy payments with afterpay”. What do these six words mean, and should you use them? I’m not sure how long afterpay has been around. And I didn’t know much about it. To be honest- I have generally ignored them if I’d purchased something …

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How to Get the Most out of your Travel Money

How to save money on currency exchange while traveling

Do you like to travel? We tend to travel abroad every few years to experience new cultures and visit amazing natural wonders. And I normally travel to Australia to attend conferences or training courses every year. I know, travel is counterproductive towards our goal of becoming financially independent. You might say that travel is our spending vice. Even though spending money on travel will increase the time it will take …

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Are We Overdue for Another Recession?

Are We overdue for another recession?

Are we overdue for another recession? Who knows, and should you care? Now, I know I’m not qualified to write about, or speculate about when the next recession will hit, or what will be the likely cause of the next recession. I don’t think there are many people who are qualified to speculate- But I’ve done some reading. Just like at the beginning of 2018, there have been a number …

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