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The Financial Service Council is advocating for part of KiwiSaver to be put into a compulsory annuity An annuity is like insurance against outliving your savings. Photo / Thinkstock Q: A few weeks ago, your column discussed some of the changes the
It's really easy to spread your risk by using a diversified share fund. Photo / Russell Smith It is a safe bet that taking out a loan for investments can make a good deal better and a bad one worse Q: I cannot agree with your comparison two weeks ago
My mother is somehow convinced that paying off my mortgage in fortnightly repayments is better than monthly ones...There are two ways: Work out your total annual mortgage payments...Cut your monthly payments in half and pay that amount fortnightly.
I'd appreciate some quick advice about what to do with a $4500 "windfall". My house mortgage is down to $10,000 and the interest is $23 a fortnight. Should I put the windfall on my mortgage or add it to my savings (at 4 per cent)?...When you pay it
Investments have grown through well-researched portfolio as engaged couple works on being mortgage-free Q: I wanted to add to the thread regarding amateur investors. As a young couple we have recently taken up a keen interest in share investing...
Property investors may be in more danger of a nasty fall than they realise Q: I have been reading the discussion about weighing up property versus shares over the past few months in your Herald column. The tax "system" is certainly geared towards
The first-home subsidy, for those earning less than $100,000 a year, is also being used more: the Government paid $15.7 million to 4488 people in the year to May, up from $9.5 million in the previous 12 months. Last year, the full $5000 grant was
Putting freed-up cash into extra mortgage payments can broaden future options Q: I am a 34-year-old woman and in September will (after 12 long years!) have paid off my student loan. As I am now classed as a high-income earner, paying off my student
Heavily geared property investments can return more than shares, but they can also go badly wrong Q: You were wrong in a recent column. Property is the most favoured investment in New Zealand, but not because of tax but because of the availability of
Anyone thinking of investing in state-owned power company should ask themselves if they're in it for long haul Q: My uncle and aunty, who are both retired and not particularly well off, plan to buy shares in Mighty River Power. They think the shares