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    Are we Bad Savers, or was it a Bad Survey?
     25 September 2010
    A recent report on New Zealanders’ savings habits annoyed me – and not because it starts by saying that the Savings Working Group, of which I’m a member, “is likely to face a tough challenge”. What got my goat was its misleading conclusion.
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    ‘Soft’ commodities taking over?
    18 Sep 2010: The next likely investment bull run may well be in ‘soft’ commodities such as food, taking over from the ‘hard’ resources and minerals boom as the hot assets sector.... more
    Turbulent Times Lead to Confusing Kiwisaver Returns
    14 Aug 2010: Confused KiwiSavers are asking some probing questions about the returns on their accounts, and I can’t blame them. ... more
    Beware of the Shadow Banks
    7 Aug 2010: “Irrational exuberance” became the defining term of the dot.com age in the late 1990s. Now a new phrase has been coined, which I believe will become the defining term of the 2010s: “ The shadow banking system”.... more
    Ridiculous Offers Shouldn't be Banned
    31 Jul 2010: Two recent press releases had a similar ring to them. Both warned about offers to buy investments at low prices. But there’s a key difference between the two situations. ... more
    Getting into Gear not Always Wise
    17 Jul 2010: The four most hateful words are said to be, "I told you so." So I’ll put this another way: One of my key messages in seminars, books and columns over the years – that borrowing to invest is more dangerous than many people realise – is easier to "sell" these days than a couple of years ago.... more
    Australia Digs Resource Sector Into a Hole?
    12 Jun 2010: One of the biggest mistakes in investing, and arguably life, is to assume current conditions will exist into the future. ... more
    Plans or No Plans? Readers Differ
    5 Jun 2010: If you’ve wondered who that bloke is hanging around stores in the weekend watching people buy 3D television sets, it could be Blair Vernon. ... more
    Beware Fat Fingers and Black Boxes
    29 May 2010: Was a 'fat finger' to blame for Wall Street’s recent implosion? The US Securities & Exchange Commission has launched an investigation after the main measurement of the US market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, fell by 1000 points a few weeks ago. This was the biggest points drop since 1987.... more
    Confession Time About Retirement Plans and Goals
    22 May 2010: I’m going to commit sacrilege here. But it’s not as if I haven’t thought long and hard about it. So okay, deep breath, here we go: Contrary to what many will tell you, it’s quite possible to be financially together and not have a detailed written plan on how to fund your retirement - or even a retirement savings goal.... more



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