Mixed messages to New Zealanders these days

  • Some examples: work from home vs support CBD businesses, Buy NZ goods vs imports
  • In more depth: Encouraging you to spend vs setting up your emergency fund
  • 2 recent surveys: How big are people’s emergency funds? What are people doing about that?
  • The big question: Is it selfish to look after your own finances, rather than helping the economy to recover?

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Mary Holm is a freelance journalist, a director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL), a seminar presenter and a bestselling author on personal finance. From 2011 to 2019 she was a founding director of the Financial Markets Authority. Her opinions are personal, and do not reflect the position of any organisation in which she holds office. Mary’s advice is of a general nature, and she is not responsible for any loss that any reader may suffer from following it.