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A Tale of Two Coins – Part Two, the New Monetary System

By |2018-05-09T01:39:47+00:00May 9th, 2018|Bitcoin, Investing, News|

Righto, let’s continue our tale of two coins - last time I covered the current monetary system. Our ‘fiat’ currency doesn’t represent what we think it does (we think it’s an asset but it’s merely a credit note). As uncomfortable as it makes people like me that do what I do, there’s new money on

A tale of two coins

By |2018-05-03T23:05:54+00:00April 30th, 2018|Bitcoin, Finance, Investing, News|

Righto, let’s have a crack at a topic that people like me don’t like talking about. The main reason why is because it’s new, and anything new, especially when it has the potential to change the status quo, makes one feel uncomfortable. Do you kind of feel the same way? So yeah, this stuff scares

The Cycle of 10’s – makes the wee fluff on me cockles run prickly and cold.

By |2017-11-22T22:40:21+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Finance, Insurance, Interest Rates, Market Place Review, News|

I grew up in a small Canadian town a lot like Queenstown -  very beautiful, loads of outdoor fun like skiing and hiking, but imagine more bacon. Like Queenstown, the seasons never failed, and no matter how much you tried to wiggle your way out of winter, summer always came of its own volition. Seasons

The end is nigh?

By |2017-10-29T23:11:00+00:00October 29th, 2017|Finance, Market Place Review, Mortgages, News|

The capitalists may have to pitch in and get behind the projects of the socialists for the next 3 years. We didn’t see that coming - that’s been happening a lot though eh? The All Blacks lost, Labour’s now in power, and I just plucked out a grey nose hair - will it really cause

This election’s made my wieners go off!

By |2017-10-05T22:47:43+00:00October 5th, 2017|Finance, Market Place Review, Mortgages, News|

I’m a mortgage adviser - I sell mortgages like a hot dog vendor cruising central park in summer, but this election, like a prolonged summer, has made my wieners go off in a bad way. Even the crack whore property investors who’ve helped fund my children's shoes for the last few years, have gone into

NZ – We Think You Should Know…

By |2017-07-04T21:09:22+00:00July 4th, 2017|Finance, Interest Rates, Market Place Review, News|

We Thought You Should Know… It helps to understand a little of what’s happening in your outside world, to run your inside world a little better. There’s so much ‘noise’ with traditional media outlets so it’s hard to know what’s actually real – Here are two changes happening soon that we think you should know about, as it could affect

The Devil’s in the Detail – Beware of work health insurance schemes!

By |2017-07-04T20:33:00+00:00July 4th, 2017|Finance, Insurance, News|

Now I may get into trouble here but someone really should say something about the most common employer promoted health insurance scheme in NZ. I won’t mention their name, but I can almost guarantee the following: if you have an employer based health insurance scheme in NZ, there’s a reasonably good chance it’s these guys.

Property Market ‘Go Around’.

By |2017-07-04T07:01:55+00:00April 11th, 2017|Finance, Insurance, Interest Rates, News|

If you’ve ever learned to fly, one of the first things you learn is the ‘go around’, a simulated aborted landing. When you’re in control of the plane it’s all good, but when you’re not, it’s a little concerning. I had that experience once in a 747 flying into Rome. The pilot pulled out of

What is and what should never be…

By |2017-07-04T07:01:23+00:00January 18th, 2017|Finance, Insurance, Interest Rates, Mortgages, News|

What is and what should never be… 2016 contained a whole host of changes with banks and policy makers jostling for position. I believe 2017 will be slightly more 'interesting' however. Here’s a few things you should know of 2016 -         Banks became stuck between a rock and a hard place. The 'rock' here is the regulators