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Your time is not worth that much

Your time is not worth that much

The title may sound a bit strange if you have been following my blog for some time. I am forever singing the praises of saving and investing your money so that you can gain financial freedom and free up your time to do what you want. Time on earth is finite and the more of it we can use on our own terms, the better. In fact, the whole reason I am […..]

Dollar cost average or lump sum?

Dollar cost average or lump sum?

Most of the time, index fund investors will invest at regular intervals, such as weekly or monthly. Occasionally though, we may be lucky enough to come across some extra money. This may be from the sale of a house, or maybe you are thinking about starting to invest.

Naturally, this leads to one of the most common investing questions. Should I invest it all at once (lump sum), or spread the contributions out over a longer period of time (dollar cost average)?

Battle of the index funds: Investnow new index funds

A couple of months ago I wrote an index fund series comparing New Zealand’s biggest and cheapest index fund providers for regular investors.

Since then, Investnow have brought out 5 new Smartshare index funds due to customer demand. 2 of the 5 funds are in the index fund series.

The emerging market fund (EMF) and the NZ property fund.

The emerging market fund has been introduced with a management fee of 0.59%. The NZ property fund at 0.54%.

Read the linked articles above for more information on the comparisons.

So, how do these new funds compare to the competition and does this change anything?

EMERGING MARKET FUND

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Straight into the winners seat. It is not by a huge margin, but still nothing to sneeze at.

How about their new NZ property fund? How does that compare?

NEW ZEALAND PROPERTY FUND

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

Current as at March 2019

InvestNow comes in hot at lower investing amounts. Superlife overtakes at amounts of over $60,000. Second place for InvestNow is still respectable, as the investing amounts get larger, the Superlife advantage grows.

Superlife has a lower management fee of 0.49% and that is why it improves as the investing amounts grow. The only reason they start off slightly behind, is due to their $12 administration fee. $12 has a larger impact on lower investing amounts than it does on higher amounts.

All in all, some great new offerings from InvestNow, and if you are a fan of their platform you should find some good value in these new service offerings.

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Reader case study 3: Low income earner wanting to dip toes into investing

Reader case study 3: Low income earner wanting to dip toes into investing

Welcome to our third reader case study. This is where I encourage you, the readers, to write in with your situation that you want looked at.

I do my best to answer your questions and provide recommendations for your situation. I also encourage you to post your thoughts in the comments sections to help out our subject.

Today, we have Kelly (not her real name) wanting to know how she can start investing.[…..]

Equity glidepaths as a hedge against retirement risk

Equity glidepaths as a hedge against retirement risk

In the last blog we discussed the results of New Zealand based research of the 4% safe withdrawal rate study. In it we highlighted how big an impact a share market crash can have on whether or not we run out of money in retirement.

I won’t be leaving this this to chance. The first ten years of retirement tend to be the most important indicator of whether […..]

How to prevent post purchase regret

How to prevent post purchase regret

Last week we went over several tricks that marketers use to try and get us to purchase their goods and services. They are very good at getting into our minds and getting us to not think rationally. 

Today, we will go over a few tips that may help to overcome the temptations and beat the marketers at their own game.[…..]

Why did I buy that?

Why did I buy that?

Have you ever looked around your house and ask, “why did I buy that?”. Or come out of a shop with a new powertool and later thought, “what was I thinking?”. Chances are you have fallen prey to clever sales marketing and product placement. I think we have all fallen prey to these moments of post purchase regret. With a growing range of products now available, the marketing is only getting more pronounced and difficult to avoid.

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to […..]

Desperate or inspired?

Desperate or inspired?

To change our path in life we are said to be either inspired or desperate. As a volunteer budget adviser in the community I see a lot of desperate people wanting to change their lives so money no longer controls them. They are desperate to get out of debt and desperate to free the mind from money worries. Over time it becomes such a heavy burden to carry that we […..]