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The SKI Principle

Jokes about Spending the Kids’ Inheritance (SKI) abound, however when it comes to the crunch, many retirees find it difficult to watch their dollars slowly dwindle. Saving regularly over a period of many years does two things. Firstly, it builds up a nice retirement nest egg. Secondly, it creates a well entrenched habit of not […]

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Fighting over the Family Fortune

Sibling rivalry is common, but add to the mix the death of parents and a sizeable estate and you have a recipe for the destruction of family relationships. The baby boomer generation is very susceptible to this problem. Typically, their parents grew up in the Depression era and were good savers, unlike the baby boomers.

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Property Investment for Retirees

Investing in property is a popular means of building wealth for retirement. Typically, keen property investors will build a portfolio of properties using borrowed funds in the expectation that the increase in value of the properties over time will allow them to sell off one or two at retirement leaving a portfolio of properties with […]

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Are your affairs in a mess?

Do you often wonder about putting structures in place to keep your wealth safe? Or whether the structures you’ve already got in place will actually do the job you want them to? It’s easy to put this in the “too hard basket”. Not only are you too busy to look after your own affairs, you […]

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Turn Knowledge into Action

While New Zealanders in general have an excellent grasp of basic financial concepts, a recent survey has found that they are not so good at putting into practice what they know. The survey, undertaken by the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income with the support of ANZ, ranked New Zealanders well ahead of other […]

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Frugality is not the Key to Riches

One of the greatest myths of wealth creation is that being as frugal as possible is the key to riches and a happy life. There are countless articles written about how to save money and become wealthy by recycling materials, making your own household cleaners, growing your own vegetables, upcycling furniture and so on.

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