Questions about your KiwiSaver or Insurance cover?

Insurance policiesAll of the insurers that we work with and that our clients have insurance in place with (Life, Trauma, Income Protection/Mortgage Repayment and Health/Medical insurance) have confirmed to us that there are NO EXCLUSIONS for existing policies if you become u...
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It is time in the market - NOT timing the market - the role of FInology in investing

It is tempting to stop making regular investments into markets when there is volatility and you hear the media pronouncing that the markets have 'crashed', 'plummeted', 'plunged', or even when they breathlessly talk about the markets falling - the biggest fall in 10 years. A...
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Investment Markets and Recent Fluctuations

You will have heard comments in the media recently that the stock-markets have ‘had their worst day since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008’.  You may have noticed that your KiwiSaver and other market linked investments have fallen in value as a result of these ma...
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Warning to DIY investors investing in foreign investments

New Zealand is a nation of Do It Yourselfers.  From the queues at Mitre 10 and Bunnings, to people managing their own investments because they can do it better than a professional. Although we DIY our gardening and some minor garden building projects, we do tend to disa...
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Fast fashion and the impact on the environment

As our society becomes more socially aware, it is becoming clear that 'fast fashion' is a major contributor to not only landfill, but also as an intensive user of resources. As many of you will recall, when we were growing up - you would buy an item of clothing and expect it...
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Building or Renovation insurance – who is responsible? (with thanks to Bridges Insurances)

Is it you or is it me? Who covers what when it comes to renovating or building? Is it the Owner or the Builder? This is a question that is often raised late in the piece when considering building or renovating, however it should be one of the earliest points of discussion. ...
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Airbnb Tax Crackdown

December 18, 2019

Airbnb Tax Crackdown

The shared use economy has seen a plethora of homes turned into Airbnb’s and of vehicles turned into ‘uber’ taxis.  While this has changed the way that many people travel, a number of the owners of the homes and vehicles have forgotten that they are generating an ...
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Dart Throwing Monkeys - can they do better than active investment managers?

In December 2019, Kiwi Wealth released a research report analyzing the actual returns of tracking ‘passive’ investment funds, versus random ‘dart throwing monkeys’ versus ‘active’ investment management. The research confirmed what we have known all along, which i...
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The Sky City Fire? Who will pay the bill? (With thanks to Bridges Insurances)

The Deconstruction of a Fire At 1:15pm, Tuesday 22nd October a fire broke out on the roof of the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland. Close to 100  construction workers were on site at the time. What followed? -     &n...
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Rental income – new ring-fencing rules

The rules for reporting rental income have changed from the 2019-2020 income year.  This means that you can’t offset losses on your rental properties against other income and new rules apply to deductions claimed for residential properties. Residential property deduct...
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