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Turn Financial Knowledge into Action

July 11, 2013 Filed under Personal financial management

While New Zealanders in general have an excellent grasp of basic financial concepts, a recent survey has found that they are not so good at putting into practice what they know.

The survey, undertaken by the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income with the support of ANZ, ranked New Zealanders well ahead of other OECD countries on financial knowledge. Read more

Record Lows for Mortgage Interest Rates

June 10, 2013 Filed under Personal financial management

It has been many years since we’ve seen mortgage interest rates so low.

That’s great news for first home buyers and investors in particular.

Banks appear to be in a bidding war to attract borrowers. Read more

How to Plan your Investment Portfolio

April 15, 2013 Filed under Personal financial management

Whether you have a small KiwiSaver balance or a huge fortune, it is important to plan your investment portfolio so as to get the right balance between risk and return.

Low risk generally means low returns and, conversely, high returns usually imply high risk. Read more

Start Saving with Two Simple Steps

March 10, 2013 Filed under Personal financial management

Kiwis are being urged to “Think, Shrink, Grow’ by the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income in their campaign to improve our money habits. We’ve heard that ‘Think’ means to set goals and plan ahead and ‘Shrink’ is all about getting rid of debt, especially ‘dumb’ debt. Once you have set your goals and tackled debt, it is time to ‘Grow’ your savings. Read more

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