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SKY Television - The Cash Cow

SKY TV’s shares have been sold off heavily over the last three and a half years, hitting an all-time high of $6.95 per share in 2014 and currently sitting at $2.65 at the time of writing. People are concerned with the number of households moving to alternative offerings such as Netflix. It is worth pointing out that through 2012 and 2013 the analogue television signal was progressively switch off in New Zealand, this sent marginal buyers of SKY TV’s services...

Bitcoin, is it a good investment?

A colleague of mine was recently on their way to the airport when he struck up a conversation with the driver regarding Bitcoin. Very pleased with his returns to date, the driver proclaimed the end of traditional currencies and the endless upside potential of Bitcoin; and cryptocurrencies in general. Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency which was created to solve the problem of needing a central depository, such as a bank or credit card company, to facilitate payments. Think of...

How to Get Rich, Slowly.

I am often asked how best to make money and protect capital. Record low interest rates around the world are making it difficult for investors to attain an adequate return from bank deposits. Should you invest in Property, Shares, Cash or Fixed Interest? The short answer is yes, to all of them. Every asset class has their merits, and spreading your risk is the only free lunch you will get on the way to wealth creation. A rudimentary example of how...

Bonus Bonds: The much more Fun Investment, Yeah Right.

Bonus Bonds hold a truly unique place in New Zealand’s investing landscape, like many new Zealanders, I myself have held them (courtesy of a gift of my parents) when I was a child. A Little History…. Bonus Bonds is actually a unit trust founded in 1970 with a reward scheme based on cash prizes. The New Zealand Government launched bonus bonds under the Unit Trusts Act 1960 through the Post Office Savings Bank (which later became PostBank) with the goal...

Which is better, Residential or Commercial Property Investment?

For many New Zealanders the goal of owning an investment property has been ingrained as one to aspire to. The reality can be quite different. Prices in Christchurch have been largely flat for last three years, sales volumes are falling and the engine room (Auckland) is running out of puff. The recent Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) restrictions put on by the Reserve Bank have seen landlords either being told to deleverage or that they cannot continue to build their property...

Seven Keys to Successful Investing

It requires discipline to stay invested through volatile times and capture the long–term performance of the market. Investor behaviour often deviates from logic and reason, and investors display many biases that influence their investment decision-making. There are seven strategies that can help cut through the noise and emotional biases, and help you to invest more successfully over the long-term. Start Investing as early as possible It’s never too early to start investing. Investing early develops positive habits and teaches important...
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