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Kids and Money / The Magical Power of Giving

Kids and Money - the magical power of giving! If you have more than one child, you know what it’s like when they bicker over toys - I’d rather stab my eyeballs out than listen to childish arguments about cheap imported plastic trinkets.  Why is sharing so hard for kids to do? Maybe this is best answered by psychoanalysts, but what I’m keen to understand, is how can I teach

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5 ways to escape your home.

Your own home has taken you hostage – and there are 5 ways you can escape.   That’s right, you may have made a horrible mistake when you bought your current home. You purchased the house for the present you instead of the future you. I’m going to try to help you out, as, just like my friend Liam Neeson, I have are a very particular set of skills, skills

Negative Interest Rates – What Lurks Beneath

Negative interest rates – Are all our Christmas’s arriving at once, or is this a sign of something more sinister to come? What’s a negative yield curve and why as a borrower, should I even care? Jeremy Couchman, senior economist at Kiwibank joins Darcy in a discussion around how things like interest rates, exchange rates, and central banks, control and influence the environment in which we are investing and borrowing in.

The OCR – ‘Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!’

In the 1980's, the medical alert business was just getting started - 'Help, I've fallen and can't get up' - I loved saying this slightly irreverent quote every time I saw someone fumble or fall over as a child - I know, sorry! The official cash rate has fallen. Are we in trouble NZ? Will the RBNZ need help to get the OCR back up? Is this the beginning of

Capital Gains Tax – What’s the problem that it solves?

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”  ― Winston S. Churchill Capital Gains Tax. What's the problem that it solves? But first, some facts: 1 – What is ‘Capital Gains Tax’. Simply put, it’s taxing the tree. Currently, in NZ, you pay tax on income derived from physical

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10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN BUYING A HOUSE In this post I'm keen to help some people out - it's not that you're dumb, but unless you do this stuff every day you're likely benefit from at least a couple of points  here. Here's the thing - your mortgage is likely your biggest expense and your home is likely your biggest asset (next to your self). When something's a