Debt repayment

NZ Herald 23 December 2023

Q&As:
– Couple in their 90s find “hidden treasure”
– First home at 23, with no family help
– How to get 14-year-old into shares
– “Never give up — and know about the family finances”
– Couple very happy on $80,000 income
– How I did the maths last week

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NZ Herald 16 December 2023

Q&As:
– Do fund managers “do nothing but take fees”?
– A good alternative to KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals
– Switching to a cheaper rental property has its pluses
– Control inflation by raising KiwiSaver contributions?

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RNZ Radio 7 December 2023

Repaying debt — student loans, mortgages and high-interest loans — what to do when
– Watch spending over Christmas and holidays
– What is wealth — and why it’s like a tank of water?
– Water into tank (savings) versus water out (interest on debt)
– Applied to high-interest debt, mortgages and student loans
Plus:
– Follow-up to last time. Simplicity improves its rating

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NZ Herald 18 November 2023

Q&As:
– Tips for a 26-year-old on how saving for a home
– A 50% house price drop? 30% has happened
– Changes strengthen landlord argument
– Tough gifting rules for elderly care subsidy
– One way around the care subsidy rules?
– Divorce not the answer unless real

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NZ Herald 7 October 2023

Q&As:
– The middle age mortgage trap?
– Inflation no excuse to spend
– Can businesses refuse cash?
– Invest in shares daily rather than weekly?
– 2 Q&As: on the link between KiwiSaver withdrawal and NZ Super age

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NZ Herald 23 September 2023

Q&As:
– Insider tips from KiwiSaver provider about employee contributions
– Use KiwiSaver at 65 to pay off overdraft
Plus:
– Upside Downside: Risky behaviour: Taking on more volatility than you can cope with
– Risky behaviour: Letting your emotions rule your investment decisions
– Risky behaviour: Taking on more work or worry than expected

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NZ Herald 9 September 2023

Q&As:
– Owner of rental shouldn’t give up and sell
– Buy Hamilton house now or later?
Plus:
– Upside Downside: Risky behaviour: Putting short-term money in volatile investments
– Also, Risky behaviour: Buying investments that are hard — or expensive — to get out of

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NZ Herald 26 August 2023

Q&As:
– One person’s waste of money is another person’s treasure
– Pick your period and you can make any point you want about shares
Plus:
– Upside, Downside: The one high-return, low-risk investment

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NZ Herald 5 August 2023

Q&As:
– Family fights over grandkids’ legacies
– Help for people struggling with debt
– KiwiSaver or mortgage or both?
– KiwiSaver provider gives wrong info
– Small businesses often charged more for card transactions…
– … and Sharesies making changes on this

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RNZ Radio 20 July 2023

The mortgage crunch: What you can do about it
– Survey finds worries about mortgage rate rises
– What to do: Important to talk to lender early
– Change term, switch to interest only, or reduce part or all payments
– But big increases in interest paid

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