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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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Peer to Peer Lending review – Harmoney

Harmoney is New Zealand's first and largest Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending platform launching back in September 2014. They've since facilitated the lending of over $1.2 billion across over 60,000 loans, significantly more than any other P2P Lending platform in ...
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What I’ve been investing in – July 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. This month has been another busy one, with a few big investments made. The ...
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The best bank accounts and credit cards for managing your everyday finances

Being an investor isn't just about signing up to InvestNow/Sharesies/etc. and picking the right fund to invest in. We investors need the support of good products and services to help manage our everyday finances. This could include: Transaction accounts to ...
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Bonds 101 – 5 things to know about investing in bonds

I bet most people reading this are indirectly invested in bonds (often referred to as "Fixed Interest" investments) - either through their KiwiSaver, or through a fund on InvestNow or Sharesies. However, I also bet that almost none of you ...
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What happened to Property Crowdfunding in New Zealand?

You probably already know about Crowdfunding (and Equity Crowdfunding) where many people put their money together to fund a common cause. Property Crowdfunding applies this concept to property, allowing many investors to pool their money together in order to invest ...
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Buying shares on the NZX – Sharesies vs ASB Securities and Jarden Direct

There's a new kid on the block. Previously ASB Securities (owned by ASB Bank) and Jarden Direct (formerly Direct Broking) were the cheapest brokers to buy and sell shares in individual companies listed on the New Zealand sharemarket (NZX). We ...
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What’s the difference between InvestNow, Sharesies, Simplicity, Hatch, and more?

InvestNow, Sharesies, Simplicty, Smartshares, Kernel, Hatch, Stake, and ASB Securities. Whether you've been investing for a while, or you're new, you've probably heard of these popular New Zealand investment services. They are all fantastic options for Kiwis wanting to invest, ...
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4 things to know about investing in Equity Crowdfunding

Equity Crowdfunding is a relatively new way to invest, becoming available in New Zealand in 2014, and in Australia in 2018. It allows ordinary people to invest and buy shares in smaller, high-growth, or start-up type companies that aren't available ...
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Bonus Bonds – Is it investing or gambling?

Bonus Bonds is a savings scheme that was set up by the government in 1970 to encourage people to save more. Basically investors put money in, and in return they get the chance to win up to $1 million in ...
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9 ways to invest in New Zealand

Do you want to start investing and want to know what the options are? Here's a beginner's guide to nine investing options available in New Zealand - from the four traditional asset classes of cash, bonds, shares, and property - ...
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What I’ve been investing in – June 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. June 2019 has been a busy one - I've made new share purchases, and ...
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Investing in individual companies vs funds – What’s better?

In July 2019, Sharesies started allowing their users to invest in individual companies listed on the NZX, New Zealand's sharemarket. Sharesies have already done a spectacular job in making funds more accessible to Kiwis, and now this has generated increased ...
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5 things to know about investing in Peer to Peer Lending

Peer to Peer (P2P) lending is a relatively new type of investment, launching in New Zealand in 2014. It involves investors lending money to borrowers (who are everyday people and businesses) through a P2P lending platform. In return, borrowers pay ...
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Bonus Saver vs Notice Saver vs Term Deposit – Which savings product is right for you?

For many of us, saving money is our first taste of the world of growing our wealth. I remember starting out as a kid by putting my pocket money into a piggy bank. I then moved on to a savings ...
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3 tips to get the most out of KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver is a savings scheme set up by the New Zealand Government. It's aimed at helping New Zealanders save for retirement, although it can be used to help fund the purchase of your first home. With money in the scheme ...
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How to choose which fund to invest in on InvestNow and Sharesies

With an offering of over 150 funds, choosing which funds to invest in with InvestNow can be a daunting task - especially because InvestNow is aimed at self-directed investors and does not offer investment advice to prospective investors. Sharesies has ...
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