Optimism is great, it’s good for the soul. If you google optimism, you find that “evidence suggests that optimism is important in coping with difficult life events”. This would surely be true from a psychological perspective – but what about a practical and financial...
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Hard work leads to success, we all know that. The better you perform at work, the more chances you have of getting a promotion. The harder you work out in the gym, the more fit you are. The harder you save, the better holiday you get.  Day-to-day focus on your target ge...
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The elusive ‘capital value’, also known as ‘rateable value’, is that magical figure which lands in your letterbox every 3 years, estimating how much your house is worth. Since our properties are often our most valuable asset, it’s no wonder homeowners take notice. ...
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With home ownership at an almost all-time low, a housing crisis and a property boom, housing was certainly a hot topic this election. Party leaders tread carefully around the topic - policies which promise to cause a drop in house values aren’t going to win many votes from...
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Money. It makes the world go round, it doesn’t grow on trees, and you have to spend it to make it. There’s a lot we can say about money, but why do you handle it the way you do? Why does Sally get satisfaction stashing her money away for a rainy day, but Steve prefers to...
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Guys, we need to talk

October 25, 2017

By Dr John Mayhew

The mental and physical health of men needs to improve. At present the life expectancy of New Zealand men is four years lower than females (Statistics NZ) and last year 70% of New Zealanders who took their own lives were male (Coroner’s Report). I’ve built my career...
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We are of the view that the nine-year equity bull market is not yet over with global stocks posting modest gains amid healthy corporate earnings reports and improving outlooks. The momentum of the world’s three main economies (US, China and Europe) is positive, with growth...
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The Kiwi Dream: the quarter acre patch of grass, weatherboard home and the family wagon. Throw in a bach and you might even be keeping up with the Joneses. Kiwis love property, and the idea that a secure future is all wrapped up in home ownership has been drilled into us for...
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Article via Westpac REDNews 2016Many New Zealanders are taking a ‘she’ll be right’ approach to their money and only one in three of us feel financially secure, according to a Westpac Money Week survey.The survey shows homeowners, Aucklanders, and retired New Zealanders...
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Do people in their 20s need to think about retirement? The short answer is YES. Getting set-up financially earlier in life means that you are working towards your retirement. When starting off your working life, retirement can seam miles away, but your student loan is right ...
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