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Borrow to Invest

Borrowing to Invest

There’s never been a cheaper time to borrow money, with some banks having dropped their mortgage interest rates below 4%. Rates this low make it very tempting to borrow more to buy a bigger house, add an extension, take an overseas trip, or trade in the car for a newer model. While borrowing to spend […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On Investing

More uncertainty in investment markets means more volatility and a need to review your investment strategy. It’s easy to invest when markets are rising, but when they fall your tolerance for risk can be pushed to the limit. Start with the basics. Focus on your goals and objectives. If you have long term investment goals, remind […]

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Good Financial Advice

Good Investment Advice

One of the barriers to people working with a financial adviser is knowing who to talk to. The relationship between an adviser and a client is founded on trust and it takes time to develop. There is an element of risk in putting your trust in someone when you don’t them that well, but there […]

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Starting Out in Shares

Starting Out as a Share Investor

Investing in shares is becoming a popular option with young people keen to get ahead. It’s much easier than investing in property. The entry cost is much lower (you can literally start with just a few dollars), you don’t have to borrow money to invest, there are no rules and regulations to restrict you, and […]

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Market Crash

Planning for a Market Crash

For a while now, there has been talk of a possible share market crash. Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, share markets have shown a strong upward trend, and we have forgotten what it’s like when returns are negative.  In the long term, share prices are driven by fundamental, objective measures such as company profitability […]

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Investing with a Conscience

Investing with a Conscience

Investing in managed funds such as KiwiSaver is a great way to save for retirement. For investors with small amounts or who wish to make regular, small contributions, managed funds offer a cost-effective, simple solution with diversification to help reduce investment risk. One of the disadvantages of managed funds is the lack of transparency around […]

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Investing Without Risk

Investing Without Risk

As every investor knows, there is no such thing as a completely risk-free investment, and the lower the investment risk, the lower the investment return is likely to be. The challenge for investors is to strike the right balance between risk and return, to find investments that give a reasonable rate of return with an […]

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Invest in Cash

Invest in Cash

Interest rates have been low for some time now – great for borrowers but bad news for investors. Looking ahead, there are signs that interest rates will rise, albeit slowly. We have had low inflation, so leaving your money invested in the bank at a low rate hasn’t led to a loss of purchasing power. […]

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taking risk

How Much Risk Can You Take?

Whether you are investing money, setting up a business or gambling on horses, your first consideration, before parting with any money, should be how much risk you can afford to take. Risk is not necessarily the probability of loss – it is the probability that an outcome will be different than you expect. For example, […]

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Robo Advice is coming

Robo-Advice is Coming

The Financial Markets Authority has given the go-ahead for personalised advice to be offered online. Such advice is referred to as ‘robo-advice’. Under current legislation, personalised investment advice can only be given by certain categories of advisers in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers. From 2018, there will be an […]

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Investment Time Frame

Match Your Investment Strategy to Your Time Frame

We’ve had a good run in share markets since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008. Initially this growth was underpinned by central banks engaging in quantitative easing – otherwise known as ‘printing money’. Central banks released funds into circulation through purchasing securities as a way of reducing the likelihood of economies going into recession […]

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Share Investing for Young People

Shares for Young Investors

Conventional wisdom says the first significant step towards creating wealth is to get on the property ladder. However, it’s hard for young people to start creating wealth when property prices are out of reach and lending restrictions are tight. Not only that, but young people prefer to be mobile and don’t necessarily want to be […]

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