Ridiculous offers shouldn’t be banned. Two recent press releases had a similar ring to them. Both warned about offers to buy investments at low prices. But there’s a key difference between the two situations.
Getting into gear not always wise. The four most hateful words are said to be, “I told you so.” So I’ll put this another way: One of my key messages in seminars, books and columns over the years — that borrowing to invest is more dangerous than many people realise — is easier to “sell” these days than a couple of years ago.
Q&As: A reader goes on a merry-go-round trying to get information on PIR tax rates for couples; I stick to my ground on gold’s unsuitability as a large investment for most people — despite two readers’ arguments; A good reason not to dig up gold on the conservation estate; More on alternatives to “Mum and Dad investors”, and a call for more creativity.
Generous KiwiSaver first home help applies to many. The first of the KiwiSaver first home withdrawals and subsidies will be paid out shortly. But many people still don’t realise just how good — and how widely available — the KiwiSaver first home help is. It is clearly the best place for any New Zealander to save for a first home.
Q&As: Reader’s golden suggestion for investing proceeds of a house sale is worrying; 3 Q&As about KiwiSaver details — for people in other super schemes, children, and newly signed up KiwiSavers; More ideas on alternatives to “Mum and Dad” investors, including from a top government official.
Q&As: Reader better off holding on to Auckland house while moving elsewhere to care for mother; How to maximise the KiwiSaver tax credit — before June 30; Should non-employee KiwiSaver contribute more than $1043 a year, or put further savings elsewhere?; Four readers offer alternatives to “Mum and Dad investors”, but none of their ideas is great; This column pleads “Not guilty” of sexism.