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Cooking the Books: Why ignoring your KiwiSaver could cost you $88,000
Sticking with a provider that isn’t doing so well could cost you big time.
Cooking the Books: What businesses need to know about a rough economy
If you think interest rates are hurting mortgage holders, it's even worse for businesses.
What it’s really like to quit your job and travel with the family
One couple decided it was now or never.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to budget without restriction
Nobody likes a budget, but there are ways to make them easier.
Cooking the Books podcast: Four key drivers of cashflow success
Cashflow sounds simple, but it's the biggest killer of businesses.
Making money as interest rates soar - what's the best option?
The favoured investments have all changed.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to take a small business international
If you're in a specialised area, going for a global customer base can be crucial.
Frances Cook: Why KiwiSaver for your kids may be a mistake
OPINION: You could accidentally hamstring them instead of giving them a head start.
Cooking the Books podcast: Your bank account is changing - here’s what you need to know
Between a Commerce Commission investigation and law changes, there's a lot going on.
Cooking the Books podcast: Is the wild side of investing worth the risk?
From margin lending to crypto, should you go there?
Cooking the Books podcast: Tough times mean you need to get serious about a business strategy
The right strategy can mean your business still grows strongly.
Cooking the Books podcast: Why most of us say we want to invest ethically, but don’t
There's a mismatch between what we say, and do.
From 15-year-old high school drop out to business owner with a $60k side hustle
She decided that school wasn't her only path to success
Cooking the Books podcast: How to get paid in business
Getting paid is one of the important parts of business, but can be surprisingly difficult.
Cooking the Books podcast: How two mums started a baking business with $1000, a home printer, and glue sticks
It gave them the work-life flexibility to be more present with their children.
Cooking the Books: What to do if you’re feeling the mortgage pain
When interest rates are so high, there are tactics to make the mortgage pain more bearable
Cooking the Books podcast: Can you trust the bank to protect your savings?
There are new rules about what happens to your savings in a crisis.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to talk about money with your partner
There are ways to have the conversation which will make an argument less likely.
Cooking the Books podcast: Why weight-loss drug Ozempic is getting Wall St attention
It's one of the trends fund managers are banking on making money for investors.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to find recession-proof stocks
Investing in a recession can bring gains as some companies do better in a downturn.
Cooking the Books podcast: How one woman paid off $187k in two years
She went from deeply in debt to being rich enough to buy into a castle in Italy
Could you make money investing in luxury handbags?
Sometimes a luxury handbag can be a wealth plan, and sometimes it's just losing your cash.
Cooking the Books podcast: Where to turn if debt is getting out of control
There are organisations that will help, and strategies to pay it off faster.
How a hobby Instagram page turned into a six-figure business
Pink Pony Creative was born out of a social media challenge.
Opinion: People are being scammed and it’s my fault
Opinion: Social media scammers are out of control.
Cooking the Books podcast: Nigel Latta on why the scam industry is booming
If you feel like the number of scammers are on the rise, you're right.
Climate change issue that will change your KiwiSaver and investments
A change is under way that will send some company values up, and others down.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to take your business from start-up to international success
Sometimes closing your business can be the first step towards superstar success.
Cooking the Books podcast: What it takes to succeed as a digital nomad
Behind the dream of travelling the world, what does it actually take?
Cooking the Books podcast: Why your age totally changes your KiwiSaver strategy
Many of us are doing KiwiSaver wrong.
How a teacher retired early by saving 90% of her income
She wanted the ability to travel and spend more time with her family.
Cooking the Books: Why sharemarket has hit pause, how to make money from it
ETF trading has fallen around 75 per cent.
How one woman went from living payday to payday, to mortgage free - in just 7 years
She says once she learned more about money, she realised where she was going wrong.
What you need to know about the falling property market
The Reserve Bank predicts the falling prices aren't finished yet.
How much do you need to invest to get passive income?
Whether it's shares or property, you can make money without going to work.
Cooking the Books podcast: The 29-year-old who makes $700 a week thrift flipping
She says the side hustle only takes three hours a week.
How to make your credit card company give you money
Different companies are making offers to lure in customers, including some major perks.
The 25-year-old who ditched fast fashion to pursue financial freedom
Without earning big bucks or using family help, she's ready to hit financial independence.
Cooking the Books podcast: Would you invest in someone else’s mortgage?
Peer-to-peer lending means the opportunity for individuals to make money like the banks do
Cooking the Books podcast: How to take a business from bootstrapped beginnings, to VC investment
The founder of Twiice shares how he plans to break into Europe.
Cooking the Books: Can you still get a pay rise in 2023?
As more New Zealanders feel the cost of living squeeze, one strategy is to get paid more.
Cooking the Books: Why higher interest rates are causing banks to collapse
A banking expert shares how likely a bank collapse is for New Zealand.
What we’ve learned from small investors taking over the share market
Index investing changed the game, so what's next?
Cooking the Books podcast: The couple who changed their money to become semi-retired in five years
Shares and property investing gave them the freedom to go travelling with their kids.
Cooking the Books podcast: How insurance will be changed by climate change
If you think insurance is expensive now, it's about to get worse.
Cooking the Books: How to invest through a recession
Cooking the Books podcast: Economic downturn can be an opportunity if you handle it right.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to baby-proof your finances… kind of
Kids are a delight, but also expensive, which puts many people off.
Cooking the Books podcast: How one NZer hit financial independence, then started giving it away
She doesn't need to work, but does so that she can donate her salary.
Cooking the Books podcast: What are the best options for DIY NZ share investors in 2023?
The best place for you to invest might have changed over the summer break.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to invest in real estate for $5
It's an easier way to start in real estate investing, without a huge deposit.
Cooking the Books podcast: Why bonds are an underrated investment
As interest rates change, it's time for bonds to shine.
Cooking the Books podcast: The reality behind the digital nomad lifestyle
Behind the glossy Instagram content, there are difficult parts of digital nomad life.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to watch your pennies in 2023
There are problems to be avoided, but also some opportunities to be aware of.
How one woman saved 50% of her income to fund a career change
Big savings helped her make big life changes.
How a family of five cut their grocery bill to $170 a week
Podcast: With the cost of food soaring, one New Zealand family found ways to cut back.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to spend less and still eat well
If a trip to the supermarket makes you wince, there are some ways to bring the bill down.
How to make sure your money survives and even thrives as interest rates rise
Amid the pain from interest rates, there's also opportunities.
Why a flatmate could be the secret to affording your first home
Boosting your income can unlock higher lending from the bank.
Cooking the Books podcast: How a near-death experience led to financial independence
A brush with death led to a change of life priorities.
Cooking the Books podcast: What is shorting the share market, and should you be doing it?
There's both risk and reward when it comes to shorting the market.
Cooking the Books podcast: A career coach's top tips for earning more
Whether it's a pay rise, new job, or side hustle, there are tactics to improve your odds.
The couple paying off the mortgage in five years, despite three kids
It's one of the biggest expenses, but what if you could get rid of it faster?
How a NZ couple used sharemarket investments to become 'work optional' in 11 years
They say it could have been even quicker if they hadn't made mistakes along the way.
Cooking the Books podcast: Investing fundamentals to keep you stable through a market crash
More New Zealanders now have investments in shares than term deposits.
Cooking the Books podcast: How to invest in shares through a crisis
Should you pause investing plans, or double down and buy even more?
How to handle your property investment turning out to be a leaky home
Property investment can be a path to wealth, but also has risks.