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Finances getting you down? Time to take control.

15 Aug 2022
Beth
Beth

When you have been hit with one thing after another, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. You can’t figure out what to do, so you don’t do anything at all - but ignoring your finances only makes it worse. Rather than disappear, it snowballs into a bigger problem. But there are a few little things you can do to take control of your finances.

How to make your KiwiSaver inflation-proof

8 Aug 2022
Joe Taylor
Joe Taylor

This week is Sorted Money Week - the annual public awareness and engagement campaign coordinated by Te Ara Ahunga Ora to help demystify money. The 2022 theme is “just wondering” - to encourage people to talk about money and be unafraid to ask questions. We decided to tackle the topic of inflation, so if you’re wondering how it works and what you can do to protect your KiwiSaver fund, read on.

Ethical KiwiSaver funds: just the facts, hold the facade

1 Aug 2022
Joe Taylor
Joe Taylor

Once again, ethical KiwiSaver funds are a hot topic. Last week, a Newsroom article called out the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) for failing to define ethical standards for KiwiSaver funds.

How not to panic in a volatile market

25 Jul 2022
Paul
Paul

You have likely seen a drop in your KiwiSaver balance. I know I have. Right now we are experiencing a volatile market - when investments experience rapid and sometimes sharp price fluctuations, including your KiwiSaver fund.

Investment risk: what you need to know

18 Jul 2022
Paul
Paul

You can’t escape investment risk, not even when it comes to KiwiSaver. No matter what someone on the internet tries to sell you, there is no such thing as a risk-free investment.

Financial jargon 101

11 Jul 2022
Joe Taylor
Joe Taylor

Here is my handy go-to guide to clarify some of the terms we find people are commonly confused by.

How to sort out your relationship with money

4 Jul 2022
Beth
Beth

Cultivating a healthy relationship with money can be a life-long journey. For me personally, the fear of financial insecurity used to be my deepest anxiety.

Can I withdraw my KiwiSaver funds?

27 Jun 2022
Paul
Paul

When money’s tight, it can be tempting to think about withdrawing your KiwiSaver funds. With inflation, rising interest rates, and the onset of winter, many of us feel the pressure of stretching our dollars. Your KiwiSaver balance may be catching your eye, your money sitting there untouched and tempting.

How to travel worry-free in 2022

20 Jun 2022

Finally, we can travel. People can get out to see their loved ones for the first time in years. Grandparents are meeting grandkids for the first time. We can swap screens for real-life hugs and get back to plans that have been on hold for the last two years.