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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Past Viral Outbreaks and the Share Markets Reaction

Past Viral Outbreaks And The Share Markets Reaction

Surprise market crash It’s a tough time to be an aggressive investor- that’s for sure. Covid-19 has turned the volatility level in the share markets up to 11 with share prices dropping almost universally. Many investors are running for the exits as countries suspend air travel and go into lockdown. I didn’t want to write about Covid-19 and the market crash. There is already so much much information out there …

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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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Is the “No Spending Day Challenge” a thing?

Is The “No Spending Day Challenge” A Thing?

Recently I came across several posts and YouTube videos talking about the no spending challenge- and how you can use them to save money. They ranged from not spending money on certain days of the week or trying to not spend anything for 30 days. So what is the No Spend Challenge? The idea is that if you’ve been struggling to save money you could assign a few days a …

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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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Are we Evolutionary Hard wired to consume?

Are we evolutionary hardwired to consume?

When I look around at nature- it’s hard to miss the fact that everything is competing for resources. Take all plants, they are hardwired to compete for and consume resources. Plants and trees try to grow the fastest or grow the tallest to secure access to the main resource they need- light. That got me thinking- are we humans genetically or evolutionarily hard-wired to consume resources and compete with each …

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Do Fees Really Matter When it comes to Investing?

Do Fees Really Matter When it comes to Investing?

Sometimes I keep beating the same drum. Do fees matter when it comes to your investments? I’ve previously talked about how funds with higher fees eat into your returns over time- but today- let’s look at whether or not higher fee funds produce better returns. Higher fee Higher Return It’s easy to think if your new to investing that higher fees will give you higher returns. I thought exactly that …

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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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