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Property market surpasses expectations – but will it last?

By admin | Aug 11, 2020

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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Optimistic and engaged: NZ investors respond to Covid-19

By admin | Aug 11, 2020

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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What’s next for house prices?

By admin | Jun 18, 2020

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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Nine ways to reduce stress in your daily life

By admin | Jun 11, 2020

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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Insurers pay out $4 million a day to New Zealanders

By admin | Jun 11, 2020

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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Will low interest rates support the property market?

By admin | May 25, 2020

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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Is a ‘mortgage repayment holiday’ right for you?

By admin | Apr 29, 2020

You might have heard a bit of talk lately about mortgage holidays. As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government has been working with lenders to make it easier for borrowers to get a break from their home loan repayments. While ‘mortgage repayment holidays’ have always been an option for borrowers experiencing financial hardship,…

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Property market: Where to from here?

By Kathy | Apr 29, 2020

What’s next for the property market? It’s the question that industry experts are pondering right now, as the last pre-lockdown data becomes available. The latest QV House Price index, focusing on the month March, shows that the property market was continuing to perform strongly throughout early-mid March, but it doesn’t provide any insights into what…

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How health and life insurance providers are responding to COVID-19

By Kathy | Apr 28, 2020

As always, it’s important to note that every insurance policy is different as the type and level of cover you have is based on your situation. So, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: we can talk you through your policy wording and help you get clarity as to what you’re…

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