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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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Why I don’t invest in US and ASX Shares

Back when I first started investing, buying shares in US listed companies was awfully expensive. You had to invest at least tens of thousands to make the fees (which were probably upwards of $100) worthwhile. More recently services like Hatch, ...
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What I’ve been investing in – February 2020

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 February 2020, global markets have been very turbulent as the Coronavirus disrupts economies ...
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Rights issues, share buybacks, and acquisitions – 5 things to know about Corporate Actions

Do you own shares in individual companies? Sometimes events called Corporate Actions pop up that affect your shareholding. These events could be as simple as a payment of a dividend, to something more complex, such as your company acquiring another ...
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Property vs Shares – The pros and cons of buying residential property

Investing in residential property is a Kiwi favourite - climb the property ladder and own bigger, better, and more properties. Laugh yourself to sleep every night, as your properties go up and up in value, and as you collect more ...
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Due diligence on shares – How I evaluate companies before investing

When looking at buying a house or car, we conduct due diligence. For a house this might involve researching the local schools, and obtaining a builder's report. And for a car this might involve having a test drive, and getting ...
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