So, renting a home always equals throwing money down the drain, and buying a home is key to building equity … right? Nope. That rule is as outdated as a horse and carriage. In fact, more people are deciding to keep on renting — indefinitely. Why? People have different financial goals.
Purchasing life insurance is one of the most important financial decisions people will make in their lives. There are approximately four million life insurance policies in force in New Zealand, with consumers paying $2.54 billion in annual premiums.
Those of you in your 30s know it's the decade when a lot of significant things happen. Along the way, there are some smart money moves you can make now that "Future You" will seriously thank you for.
We'd all love for the market to go on a tear forever, reaching record highs and blowing minds; but the truth is, downturns are a reality, particularly if you are a long-term investor.
The new year is a time of reflection; a ready-made reminder to us all that we should perhaps take stock of what's happened and what will come next. It is a good time to ask a very simple but profound question: What could possibly go wrong over the course of the coming year?
One old adage about investment is that you buy a bunch of reliable stocks, stick them in your bottom drawer and forget about them. That ignores one pesky fact: nothing stays the same.
Men and women are different when it comes to money. Not the most outrageous statement. It's something financial advisers who sit across the desk from the sexes on a daily basis have no problem telling you.
After going blind in one eye, an Invercargill farmer's trauma claim was declined because her medical condition didn't meet her policy's criteria. Blindness in both eyes is covered in her policy whatever the cause, but blindness in one eye is only covered if it is caused by an injury, not a medical event.
People rarely take this approach with their finances. Often, financial matters are treated like an overstuffed, messy closet that needs to be dealt with but remains closed and put off for another time
Despite recent market volatility KiwiSavers should be happy with their investment. Now is not the time to be cutting and running or you will miss the benefits of long term investing. Even default funds are doing better.
World economic data remained encouraging throughout Q3. Global equities, particularly developed markets performed strongly. Emerging markets were punished, while Australia made small gains. And another reason to be wary of what you share online.
A "one of a kind" collection of a vertical lot collection of 32 vintages of the globally acclaimed Te Mata Estate Coleraine, donated by the Hastings-based Stewart family, went under the hammer at a pre-tasting event ahead of the annual Hawke's Bay Wine Auction next month.
In almost every area of life – whether it's marriage, the workplace, or taking care of our health – we are often our own worst enemies. The realm of personal finance is no different. What's the biggest threat to achieving financial independence? Unfortunately, it's your own brain.
To re-evaluate what really matters in life and to discuss the psychology or mindsets that got us to where we are today, there's no better explanation than the story of the Mexican Fisherman.
Most KiwiSaver providers let their customers choose how their balance is invested, by choosing the fund type to invest their contributions and employer contributions in. The KiwiSaver fund types have different ways of investing money, for example different combinations of cash allocations or shares.
A good adviser doesn't give advice unless it's aimed at improving someone's situation. Ignoring advice will generally come with a self-inflicted penalty. Somewhere down the track, not taking action will be to the detriment of that person or their family.
Human beings have an astounding facility for self-deception when it comes to their own money. People who make bad money decisions can often rationalise them. Here are 10 common excuses.
Retirement ought to be a happy time. You can set your own schedule, take long holidays, and start spending all the money you've been saving.
Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won't always go to plan and there will be rough seas, but those who are prepared, flexible, patient and well advised greatly increase the odds of reaching their destinations.