Savings and Investments

The key to your financially comfortable retirement

Putting money away for the future is a key part of preparing for your retirement and achieving goals.

The most important part is getting that money working for you.  There are many things that you have take into account when you are making those investments decisions including, but not limited to:

1. How are you going to make money out of the investment?

2. How are you going to take money out of the investment? This is particularly important for 'locked in' investment schemes like syndicated property trusts and for residential investment property.

3. What is the after tax potential return? Your tax rate is likely to change when you stop working, and you should take this into account in your calculations.

4. What is the after inflation and fees potential return?  You need to take into account whether your investment return after tax, fees and inflation is a positive number.

Questions about your KiwiSaver and Insurance under the Covid-19 environment?

Insurance policies All 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) haveRead more

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 theyRead more

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 andRead more

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 Read more

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 recaRead more

Building or Renovation insurance - who is responsible?

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 buildingRead more

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 owneRead more

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’Read more

The Sky City Fire - who will pay the bill?

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 onRead more

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 toRead more

Enduring Power of Attorney - why you need to put them in place

These documents are often associated with ‘old’ people, who are losing their mental capacity.  And yes, we agree, having Enduring Powers of Attorney in place are very important at that stage ofRead more

Using an adviser adds more than 5% to a client's portfolio

Research recently carried out in New Zealand by Russell Investments, recently confirmed the findings in the USA and Australia, that using an adviser can add 5.2% pa to a clients portfolio returns.Read more
 

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