Q&As: Questions to ask before parents lend mortgage money to their children; Determined couple pay down big mortgage fast; Bank’s reluctance to extend credit card limit is surprising; Tax adviser thinks tax should have been mentioned last week.
Q&As: Alternative for daughter trying to escape bad debt — pay up; Is emphasis on total shareholder return justified?; Inflation calculator shows what prices have risen, and what haven’t; Is this reader ready to retire?; Struggling retiree questions wealthier reader’s concerns.
Q&As: Don’t follow the crowd into property investment; Apply for NZ Super early; 2 readers object to last week’s correspondent’s attitude to mother of 10; An honest assessment of life afloat; One reader sees living on a boat as a retreat; Another points out the fun side; A landlord’s kindness made all the difference.
Getting through Christmas without going broke. Also, the big spender and the big saver. For big savers, Christmas is no problem. But there’s a downside. More later… Turning to the big spenders: What really makes the kids happy?; Ways to cut back gift giving; Tips on shopping wisely; Meaningful Christmas gifts; Spending lots on food and booze. Back to the big savers — a challenge for them (Includes lots of suggestions from listeners).
Two issues: Is home ownership the only way to go?; And ethical investing. Firstly, a bit more on children and KiwiSaver. Put in $1000 yourself, or don’t sign them up! 1. Is home ownership the only way to go? — You can instead save lots to cover accommodation in retirement; Home ownership is declining; Owning vs renting — Pros and cons of each option. 2. Ethical investing — What is it?; Possible problems; Are returns higher or lower?
KiwiSaver for children and younger people: 1. Under 18s — Differences in KS for under 18s; Should you sign up a baby or child under 18?; Should you make contributions to a child’s KS account? 2. Over 18s — Best way to save for first home; KS help for first home buyers — 2 aspects. 3. Which type of fund for the young?