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Smartshares vs AMP vs Kernel vs Harbour – NZ Share Index Fund shootout

Index funds that invest in New Zealand shares are a fantastic investment to choose when beginning to invest, or for existing investors to use in their portfolios. They are easy to access and provide instant diversification in our familiar home ...
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What happens to your money if InvestNow or Sharesies go bust?

When thinking about investing your hard earned money, it is understandable (and a good thing!) to question whether the investment provider you want to use such as InvestNow and Sharesies is safe. Common concerns include: What happens if the service ...
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What I’ve been investing in – October 2019

What I've been investing in is a monthly series covering what investments I've made during the month, and any investing related news that I've found interesting. In October 2019, Extinction Rebellion protestors blocked the streets of Wellington's CBD, fire ripped ...
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What I learnt – Foxplan ‘Grow Your Wealth’ Investment Workshop

I first heard about Wellington based financial planning firm FoxPlan a few years ago when a couple of their advisers tried to add me on LinkedIn. I ignored them, like with most strangers trying to add me, but fast forward ...
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No Sharesies, No worries! A guide to investment services in Australia

Whether it be the ANZACs, the great sporting rivalries, or just fighting over who invested the lamington, New Zealand certainly has close ties with our neighbour, Australia. We are close enough that a massive number of brands and companies like ...
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InvestNow vs Sharesies – Ultimate Fund Platform showdown and review

Pak'nSave vs Countdown. Cadbury vs Whittakers. Air New Zealand vs Jetstar. There are heaps of great rivalries around NZ and the world, and InvestNow vs Sharesies is one of them when it comes to the NZ investing scene. Both platforms ...
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What I learnt – NZ Shareholders’ Association ‘Money 101’ Seminar

Last week was World Investor Week, and the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association put on a free investing seminar. The theme was use it or lose it - use your money wisely or you'll end up frittering ...
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What taxes do you need to pay on your investments in New Zealand?

Tax might be the biggest expense you'll pay over your lifetime. And you wouldn't be alone if you said that tax is the most confusing (and perhaps the most boring!) expense you pay, particularly when it comes to tax on ...
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What I’ve been investing in – September 2019

What I've been investing in is a monthly series covering what investments I've made during the month, and any investing related news that I've found interesting. In September 2019, Japan upset Ireland in the Rugby World Cup, climate strikes were ...
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What I learnt – Craigs Investment Partners Investing Workshop

Investment firms regularly run free investing workshops and seminars to share their knowledge to the public (and they usually have free food!). This month I've been seeing ads for complimentary investing workshops run by Craigs Investment Partners plastered all over ...
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How to invest for kids in New Zealand

As a parent you want the best for your kids. This might involve saving and investing money for their future, in addition to making sure they eat their veggies, do their homework, and brush their teeth. While I can't help ...
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Shopping for ETFs – Sharesies vs Hatch

Sharesies and Hatch are New Zealand's friendly faces of investing, and are both fantastic services that have brought ETF investing much closer to everyday Kiwis. ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are incredibly popular options to have in your investment portfolio, giving ...
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Peer to Peer Lending review – Lending Crowd

Lending Crowd lives in the shadow of bigger, more well known Peer to Peer Lending platforms like Harmoney, but do they deserve more attention? Lending Crowd is a simple platform that promises to connect investors to a crowd of high-quality, ...
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Dealing with Dividends – 5 things to know about them

Dividends - everyone loves them, and they are a crucial aspect of investing as they are one of the two ways you can make money from shares (the other being capital gains). They give investors a regular return on their ...
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What I’ve been investing in – August 2019

What I've been investing in is a monthly series covering what investments I've made during the month, and any investing related news that I've found interesting. In August 2019 New Zealand secured the Bledisloe Cup for the 17th year straight, ...
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Term deposit rates suck! What you can do – with 5 term deposit tips

Late last year I opened a 9 month term deposit with an interest rate of 3.50%. Time has flown by, and now as that term deposit is approaching maturity, I'm facing the prospect of having to reinvest it at a ...
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Building an investment portfolio – Simplicity vs InvestNow

Building an investment portfolio is something many of us want to do to grow our wealth, and these days there are many options New Zealanders can use to do so. In this article I'm going to take a closer look ...
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Simplicity vs JUNO vs BNZ – Battle of the low cost KiwiSaver funds

KiwiSaver has been around since 2007, but Simplicity shook things up in 2016, when they launched new KiwiSaver funds with dramatically lower fees than most other funds out there. They had good reason to shake things up, with the average ...
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