New Zealanders have access to a support system that is the envy of many other parts of the world. Every person in this country is covered by ACC, a no-fault scheme that covers medical costs and, depending on the situation, loss of income if you suffer an accident. The accident doesn’t have to have been…

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Looking at buying your first home in the near future? You may be wondering how exactly you’re going to do it. With house prices rising all around New Zealand, you may feel that the goal of home ownership is moving further out of reach. But before you throw in the towel, know this: there may…

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If you’re in the market for a first house, your next house, or an investment property, you’re probably wondering: Is now a good time to buy? No one can say for sure what property prices will do over the next month, year or decade. It’s only in hindsight that we can pick the opportunities that…

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New Zealand’s property market continues to hold up despite all the uncertainty, surpassing expectations, and prompting economists to revise their forecasts once again. While a downturn is still expected, most experts agree that the drop shouldn’t be ‘massive’… Some relevant factors to watch According to independent economist Tony Alexander, there are several contrasting forces driving…

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NZ investor confidence seems to be (almost) immune to market uncertainty, with more and more New Zealanders looking to increase their investments – many of whom do so with the help of a financial adviser. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has recently published the second part of its annual Investor Confidence Survey, focusing on the…

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Covid-19 has had an impact on almost all areas of our economy. While it’s unclear yet what the full effect is likely to be, economists agree some weakness is coming – and there could be buying opportunities for those who are in the market. What falls are expected? Infometrics’ economists expect house prices to fall…

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Recent events have turned much of what we thought of as ‘normal life’ on its head. And for many people, this has created an extra level of stress. Whether you’re working from home and worried about trying to home school your kids, or wondering about the future of your job or business, there are a…

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Are you pondering the ‘insurance question’? Recent data from the Financial Services Council revealed the difference insurance is making to the lives of New Zealanders. 1.49 billion reasons to consider insurance In the year to 31 March 2020, insurance providers paid out $1.49 billion (or just over $4 million a day) in claims – including…

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Unsurprisingly, the number of properties sold across New Zealand dropped significantly in April, according to the Real Estate Institute. Will low interest rates provide stimulus to the property market? Here’s what some economists expect for the next few months. Property prices have held up With the country being in complete lockdown for most of April,…

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