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November 2017 Newsletter

Why? This is the question that I have continually asked since I was able to speak (much to everyone’s annoyance).  Now we want you to ask Why?  See the great article below (thanks to Carl Richards).
Elder abuse (including financial abuse) is a major issue around the world, we have had a quick look at this topic below, and then some tools for you to see what the internet knows about you.

1. Why?
2. Elder Abuse (including financial abuse)
3. What does the internet know about you?

October 2017 Newsletter

Trustees duties and obligations are clearer and defined in the Trusts Bill currently before Parliament.  Trustees have 18 months after the Bill becomes law to comply.  This is a good time to review the role of any Trust that you are involved with and consider whether it is appropriate for you to continue with it or not.  If you do, it is vital that you are fully aware and compliant with your duties and obligations.

With the 4:48 video from the Economist, we share with you how Money Laundering has actually worked in Brazil.
1. Changes to Trust law – Trust Bill -why do you need to know about this?
2. What are some of the important changes to the Trusts Bill?
3. Corruption, money laundering and Brazil

September 2017 Newsletter

While election season is upon us in New Zealand, the news of natural disasters around the world brings us back to reality.  This newsletter focuses on three topics associated with catastrophes, ‘tweaking’ your claims on an insurance policy (and why it isn’t a good idea), CAT bonds (and why they aren’t a good idea for retail nvestors) and how criminals make money out of disasters.

We hope that these are enlightening for you.
1. Why you shouldn’t ‘tweak’ your insurance claim (it’s not just a little white lie).
2. Catastrophe Bonds – exotic financial instruments
3. How do criminals make money from disasters.

August 2017 Newsletter

We are delighted to introduce our two new team members to you this month, Katherine (Kat) our Operational Support and Process Manager and Melanie, who is our Projects Manager.  They are both on steep learning curves and adding immense value to our business, we have included their profiles below for your reference.

We have also provided you with information on Bitcoin/Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain.  There seems to have been a bit of media coverage of these topics in recent weeks, and some of our clients have been asking us about looking at the idea of investing in cryptocurrencies, so we thought it was time that we shared some information with you.

As always, if this raises any questions that you would like to discuss with your adviser (or if you feel that you are ready to work with Moneyworks on an ongoing advice basis), don’t hesitate to contact us on or 0800 225 621,

1. Katherine (Kat) D’Arcy-Young – Operational Support and Process Manager
2. Melanie Finnie – Projects Manager
3. Investing in Bitcoins and Cryptocurrencies
4. What is the significance of blockchain?

July 2017 Newsletter

This month our theme is being retired.  In particular, looking at how residential care subsidies work, and an update on the Lifetime Retirement Income annuity financial solution.  I have also added some information on what to do in a terrorist attack (particular when you are travelling overseas).

1. The Residential Care Subsidy – what you need to know
2. Lifetime Retirement Income Update
3. What to do in a terrorist attack

June 2017 Newsletter

When you put in place insurance cover, you are doing so to give you financial protection if something goes wrong.  The last thing you want to happen at that time is for your policy to not pay out because you forgot to tell the insurance company something on the application form.

This month we are focussing on the importance of disclosure – even if you might not think that it is relevant.  This is particularly important for your house/contents/car/boat insurance, where you have an obligation to make any disclosures each year on the anniversary.
1. Non disclosure case studies from the Ombudsman
2. The importance of disclosure on your insurance policy application
3. Putting people in boxes – All that we share.

May 2017 Newsletter

We are looking at the issue of dying and wills, and even making your own coffins this month.  We have a special inspirational video at the end of this newsletter, looking at a father and son who overcome all obstacles to achieve significant milestones together – including completing Ironman events.

1. KiwiSaver and Wills
2. What happens if you die without a will?
3. Making your own coffin – as part of a club – yes it is happening here in New Zealand.
4. Team Hoyt – very inspirational

April 2017 Newsletter

Two thought provoking articles on investments this month, and a look at an innovation in Norway to give people a laugh.

1.Short Termism in investing
2.What the Dow hides at 20,000
3.Monty Python is alive and well, Walk Weird Traffic sign in Norway.

March 2017 Newsletter

We try not to bore you with things like taxation, unfortunately every now and then we think it is important to  remind you of your tax rates, liabilities and obligations.  We have outlined all the potential taxes that you might be liable for below, with a reminder that if you are not sure whether the tax might apply to you or not, that you need to discuss your situation with an Accountant.  We can refer you to an Accountant if you would like some help with your taxes.

Our third post is an interesting video from Al Jazeera from a retired CIA agent, which provides some food for thought.

1. Tax Rates and Taxation Liabilities and Obligations
2. FIF (Foreign Investment Income) and FDR (Fair Dividend Rate) Taxation
3. Former undercover CIA Officer talks War and Peace

February 2017 Newsletter

On the 14th February 1997, Carey set up a financial planning business, in Turangi, with a goal to provide full service financial planning to people aged 35 to 55 and help them to achieve their immediate and long term goals and to keep working with them for the rest of their lives.  20 years later, the business has changed (Careys last name has changed from her maiden name of Hughes, to Peters name of Church), from Church Financial Services to Moneyworks, and at the end of 2016, the business was relocated to its new hub in Cambridge.

We are celebrating this anniversary this month, so we thought we would share our journey with you, and let you know what ‘financial planning’ is all about and let you know what we are up to now.  Thanks for your support.

1. Moneyworks 20th Anniversary
2. What is ‘Financial Planning’?
3. Moneyworks Photos – For our 20th Anniversary, we have shared some of our photos with you – see more by clicking through and looking at the page on our website.
4. What are we doing now?

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year, while we are all waiting for summer to arrive, here is some food for thought to ponder in relation to your financial arrangements.

1. It is 2017 – where have we come from?
2. Still haven’t written your will?
3. 10 Best optical illusions that will blow your mind

December 2016 Newsletter

Thankyou for all your support over 2016, we look forward to working with you again in 2017.

1. Seasons Greetings and Holiday Hours
2. KiwiSaver Home Start Grants and KiwiSaver contribution requirements.
3. KiwiSaver Fees – Cheaper is not always better

November 2016 Newsletter

Changes to tax can lead to unforeseen implications.  The bright line rule that was enacted recently may cause problems for people who purchase a property in one name and settle it or transfer it into a Family Trust later.  We have covered an article on Stuff about this in our first article.  We then look at the what happens when you don’t share all your actual health issues with your doctor and then a quick look at how your loved ones can create new memories.
1. Bright-line tax rule could sting genuine homebuyers
2. One in Five Lie to Their Doctor
3. How would your loved ones create new memories?

October 2016 Newsletter

This month we have some assistance for the procrastinators amongst us with the 5 second rule concept.  We also look at by we want fund managers to ‘eat their own cooking’ and also why ACC isn’t the complete solution for insurance in New Zealand.
1. Why do you want your fund manager to ‘eat their own cooking?’
2. ACC –  not the complete solution
3. The Five Second Rule – beware procrastinators

September 2016 Newsletter

During August we ran two successful seminars in Cambridge and Hamilton, to talk to people about planning for their income in retirement.  We have provided you with information below on the new Lifetime Income financial solution.  It is also timely to look at some of the often forgotten benefits available within your insurance.

And for light relief – a mashup of dancing through the years, set to modern music.

1. Lifetime Income – great new financial solution
2. Special_Events_Increase_Benefit
3. Take a break – its almost as good as a holiday

August 2016 Newsletter

1. KiwiSaver and Ethical Investments
2. Changes to UK Pensions on 1st December 2016
3. Karaoke with James Cordern and Adele

July 2016 Newsletter

This months theme is Tax.  Not a pleasant topic, but an important one.  Two articles, then a bit of light relief.

1. Residential Withholding Tax on offshore persons – could it affect you?
2.  Dodging your tax is a dangerous game.
The Clbuttic Mistake

June 2016 Newsletter

The topic of death and succession planning is one that most people don’t enjoy thinking or talking about.

This is a core part of our role as your financial planner. While we regularly give you information on the role of your insurances, it is important to make sure that your will is valid and will work as you want it to.  There have been a few articles in the media recently which are worth reading, so we have highlighted these for you as the core of this newsletter.

1. Will your children and loved ones receive your assets when you die?
2.Our new Authorised Financial Adviser – Paul Swarbrick
3. John Clarke’s take on Panamanian Tax Trusts

May 2016 Newsletter

With our house being a biggest asset (apart from our ability to earn), it is an important part of our financial strategy.  This week we look at using KiwiSaver ‘second chance’ facilities to buy your first home, and the costs of home maintenance in retirement.
1. KiwiSaver ‘second chance’ first home buyer rules

2. How much do you need to spend on home maintenance in retirement?
3. Preferred News Sources Around the World

April 2016 Newsletter

Insurance companies have been in the news lately, so this month we have a focus on how you make sure your insurance will pay out.  We then end with a quiz on whether you have a photographic memory or not.

1. When cheap insurance may not be the best (Youi controversies)
2. When will your insurance not pay out?
3. Do you have a photographic memory?

March 2016 Newsletter

We have a focus on the new research into Body Language and the benefit of holding a ‘Super Hero’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ pose for 2 minutes before a meeting or presentation.

1. Does your financial adviser really care about your interests?
2.New Zealanders are fat and in denial about it, survey says
3. Use a 2 minute super hero pose – and increase your confidence

February 2016 Newsletter

This month we are revisiting the issue of high risk Fixed Interest investments with a focus on two types of risky investments – Contributory Mortgages and CoCo’s or ‘bank hybrids’.

1. Managing your retirement investment funds – the risks of living off interest from fixed interest investments only
2. Fixed Interest – Risk and Return – Southern Cross Financial Contributory Mortgages (6.50%pa)
3.Fixed Interest – Risk and Return – CoCo’s and bank hybrids

January 2016 Newsletter

If you are a financial adviser, being accused of churning is an insult. However, there can be good and bad churning – the clients best interests is the test.  We review what churning is and how it can be good.

This leads us into reviewing what to look at when reading ‘expert’ research reports, opinions and comments.

Finally, we wrap up with a look at a funny TED talk about what happens when you engage with a spammer.

1. Is Churning a dirty word?
2. No one is interested in your opinion…..
3. This is what happens when you reply to a suspicious email

December 2015 Newsletter

The end of the year already!
This is a light newsletter, where you can participate in a questionnaire and watch some dancing. We have let you know our Close Down dates and when we are back at work, as well.

1. Seasons Greetings and Moneyworks Closing Down period
2. How well do you know your country?
3. Beautiful dancing and music

November 2015 Newsletter

1. How much income do you need in retirement?
2. 11 attributes of successful investment managers [From Magellan – Hamish Douglass]
3. Corruption across the world (in pictures)

October 2015 Newsletter

1. Understanding the NZ Superannuation Rules
2.  Beware online dating scams (particularly if you are a single older woman)
3. Is your KiwiSaver manager making too much profit? Or not enough?

September 2015 Newsletter

Some important information about changes to Property Purchasing rules, and a reminder about how volatility impacts on your portfolio, and how KiwiSaver works.

1. Changes to Property Purchasing Rules from 1st October 2015
2. Volatility and your investment Portfolio
3. Common Misunderstandings about KiwiSaver

August 2015 Newsletter

This month we have two articles looking at the role of assumptions in comparing investments and in planning for your retirement.
Retirement Planning – why assumptions are important
Investment returns – why assumptions are important
Are women bad drivers?

July 2015 Newsletter

1. Investment Turbulence – why financial planning is important
2. Financial Advisers Act – why not make a submission?
3. What does your handwriting say about you?

June 2015 Newsletter

1. The Value of Investment Conferences
2. Moving Office – Vitual Office
3. Milford $1.5m settlement with FMA

April 2015 Newsletter

Some heavy and some light topics this month.

1. Does your funeral matter?
2. KiwiSaver First Home Buyer Opportunities Increased
3. The Worlds Strangest Laws

March 2015 Newsletter

Term Deposits are the flavour of the month in this newsletter, along with an introduction to the revamped Moneyworks image and website.

1. New Moneyworks Website
2. How safe are your New Zealand Term Deposits?
3. How to get the most out of your term deposit investments

February 2015 Newsletter

Getting your investment strategy right can make your life and achieving your goals a lot easier.  In this newsletter we are focussing on KiwiSaver and Syndicated Property Investment Traps, and teaching you the kinds of things to look for when you are choosing an investment.

1. Is your KiwiSaver working for you? How do you know
2. KiwiSaver Statistics and information
3. Syndicated Property Trust failures – remember core financial planning principles

December 2014 Newsletter

An end of year light hearted newsletter.

We will be closed from Friday 19th December, re-opening on Monday 12th January 2015.

1. Moneyworks Holiday Hours

2. Stress Free Holiday Checklist

3. 23 Things to Know about Money before you turn 25 (Actually at any age!)

November 2014 Newsletter

1. Basic rules to consider with your mortgage

2. Are you getting the best deal possible with your mortgage interest rates?

3. Are you having difficulty in borrowing money for your first home?

October 2014 Newsletter

This newsletter is investment and tax themed.

1. Are investors getting too greedy with fixed interest again?

2. Tax refunds, what is the risk that you owe IRD money if you do a tax return?

3. Warren Buffet Investment Quotes

September 2014 Newsletter

Election Day – 20th September 2014. This is the first time since 2007 that we have seen major differences in parties policies that will impact on your financial planning. We have outlined the main policies that will impact you depending on the result of the vote below. KiwiSaver as a political football Age of eligibility for NZ Superannuation Tax on investments and residential property Income and personal Taxes Other interesting promises

August  2014 Newsletter

1. Birthdays and Delayed Gratification, why is it important?

2. Is your ‘Stuff’ properly Insured?

3. Do you have US tax liabilities?

June 2014  Newsletter

1. Travel insurance and credit cards – Important to read if you rely on your credit card travel insurance

2. Travel Insurance Trip-Ups

3. Buying things on your credit cards – is it worth it for everything?