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What’s the best short-term investment?

Many of us have money put aside for the short-term. This could be money that you're saving to buy a house, for a wedding, to pay for education, or simply kept as part of an emergency fund. So what's the ...
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Shares 101 – How to buy shares, which companies to pick, and more

Have you signed up to Sharesies or Hatch but are not sure what you're doing? Or maybe all your friends and family are into investing in shares and you don't know what the fuss about? Or perhaps you simply want ...
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10% return too good to be true? Investing with Du Val and Williams Corp

If you use Facebook or Instagram you might have seen some ads promoting a 10% return for investing with property developers like Du Val Group and Williams Corporation. This rate of return is significantly higher than what you can earn ...
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Smartshares US 500 (USF) vs Vanguard S&P 500 (VOO) – Which ETF is better?

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that invest in the S&P 500 index are a convenient and popular way for Kiwis to get exposure to international shares. The S&P 500 index comprises 500 of the largest companies listed in the United States, ...
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Buying shares in the USA – Sharesies vs Hatch vs Stake

Sharesies, Hatch, and Stake are relative newcomers to the New Zealand investment industry, providing cheap and convenient access for Kiwis to invest in shares listed in the United States of America - a market much greater in size, and with ...
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What I learnt – The Great FMA Debate: DIY Investing

On Wednesday 4 August 2021, folks from across the financial markets industry including fund managers, investment platform operators, and regulators came together in Auckland's Q Theatre to witness industry leaders partake in The Great FMA Debate. The moot of the ...
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What’s inside? My investment portfolio

I've been actively investing since September 2015 when I opened an ASB Securities account and bought $3,000 worth of shares in Air New Zealand. Since then my portfolio has had many additions, just as many assets sold off, and has ...
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Smartshares vs AMP vs Milford vs Nikko AM – Cash fund shootout

Most people will be familiar with the cash asset class, including the likes of term deposits, and savings accounts. These are simple investments where you leave your money with a bank or finance company, and earn some interest in return ...
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What I learnt – Snowball Effect and PWA Investor Masterclass: State of Global Markets

After plenty of disruption from COVID-19, I attended my first in-person investment event in over 1.5 years. Sick of endless webinars and Zoom calls, on Thursday 15 July I made an after work trek to Parnell, Auckland where hosts Snowball ...
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Smartshares vs SuperLife vs AMP vs Simplicity – Bond index fund shootout

Bonds are a major asset class but are often overshadowed by shares, despite the global bond market being just as big (if not bigger) in size. Most investment platforms focus on shares rather than bonds (we have Sharesies but not ...
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Testing Sharesies’ security – Is your account vulnerable?

A recent post on Reddit raised some concerns over the security of the Sharesies platform. The post's key concern was that your Sharesies account is vulnerable because the platform lacks two-factor authentication (2FA), and that an attacker who had gotten ...
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Smartshares & Kernel – Thematic Index Fund shootout

Have you come across index funds that invest purely in robotics, or electric vehicle related companies? These are examples of thematic funds, a somewhat new offering in the New Zealand investment market offered by Smartshares and Kernel. This article will ...
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Build your own KiwiSaver – InvestNow vs SuperLife vs Craigs

Most KiwiSaver providers take a "three sizes fit all" approach in the funds they offer, with investors having to choose from either a "Conservative", "Balanced", or "Growth" fund to invest their retirement (or first home) money in. However, there are ...
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What’s the difference between Easy Crypto, Binance, Exodus, and more?

Easy Crypto, Binance, Crypto.com, Swyftx, Kiwi-Coin, Exodus, Trust Wallet, Ledger, and Trezor. Whether you've been investing in cryptocurrencies for a while, or you're new, you've probably heard of these popular crypto services. They are all good services, but having so ...
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Prices don’t matter! 4 things to know about share prices

Shares represent a unit of ownership in a company, and thanks to sharemarkets like the NZX, everyday people can buy and sell shares in publicly listed companies. One of the first things you'll probably notice about these companies trading on ...
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Sharesies’ new fee structure – How will the changes affect you?

Sharesies are making big changes to their fee structure starting from 29 April 2021, saying goodbye to their subscription fees, while welcoming transaction fees on NZX listed ETFs. This article breaks down these changes and looks at how they might ...
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How to sell Bitcoin in New Zealand

Cryptocurrency has become an increasingly prevalent asset class, and while it has become easier for New Zealanders to buy Bitcoin since I wrote the article How to buy Bitcoin in New Zealand, the same can't be said for selling Bitcoin ...
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The 5 biggest investing mistakes I’ve made

Being an investor who started from almost zero knowledge, I've made plenty of mistakes. Let's have a look at the biggest investing mistakes I've personally made and what I've learnt from them. 1. Over-diversification As a beginner investor I was ...
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