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Don’t let supporting your adult children ruin your retirement

Many millennials are having a tough time launching their adult lives. The usual blame for this is placed on burdensome student loans, job insecurity, high housing or rent costs, and – of course –surplus cash regularly devoted to smashed avocado on toast and the latest iPhone! As a result, perhaps it’s no …

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Money mules booklet released to help protect New Zealanders

People of all ages across New Zealand can unwittingly become money mules for international fraudsters, and many of those targeted are elders. Now the office of the Retirement Commissioner has partnered with the Police to produce a booklet to help people protect themselves from becoming unwitting accomplices in moving money …

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How to deal with financial uncertainty

A wise man once said: ‘the only constant in life is change’. Of course, a part of change is uncertainty. While you may not be able to prevent yourself from all forms of uncertainty, you can surely prepare well in advance for any kind of financial uncertainty that may occur …

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How to avoid supermarket rip-offs

Supermarkets are useful one-stop shops for a variety of goods. However, in case you weren’t already aware, the multi-billion-dollar NZ supermarket industry is dominated by two players, so we don’t have much choice when it comes to our weekly shop. The big two are: Woolworths New Zealand (owner of Countdown …

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Inland Revenue and the Accident Compensation Corporation are calling ‘time’ on cheques.

From March next year, IR and ACC will no longer accept payments by cheque from customers who are able to use alternative payment options. IR received more than 430,000 cheques last financial year, the largest number received by any public sector agency. ACC received approximately 25,000 cheques from business customers. …

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Bad financial advice – financial advice you should ignore

Whether you’re just starting out as an adult, or are already financially secure, you’ve probably heard your fair share of unwanted and unsolicited financial advice. In case you haven’t already learned it, the wealthier you get, the more interesting that advice can become! Some financial tips and advice can function …

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Are trusts worth it

A major change to New Zealand trust law was passed on 30 July 2019. The Trusts Act will have implications for all trusts in New Zealand, and once it comes into force will probably cause many to ask whether trusts are still worthwhile. Let’s take a brief look at what’s changing and …

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Five ways to kick your grown-up child out of the home

Raising kids is expensive. It’s even more expensive when they grow up and won’t leave the family home Nowadays, having a grown-up child living at home is reasonably common. In fact, one third of millennials are living with their parents. The rising cost of living, especially relative to incomes, is …

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Is everything you know about money wrong?

Myths about money are everywhere. Unfortunately, much of what you know about money is probably wrong and holding you back from success in your financial life. We all must be aware of how our thoughts impact our behaviour with money. As we all know, how you think and feel often …

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