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Something About MaryQantas Media Award-winning columnist Mary Holm writes a Q&A personal finance column in the Weekend Herald, and is interviewed on money issues each Thursday on National Radio. She is a member of the Financial Markets Authority board, and a director of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme. Mary also presents seminars, and frequently discusses personal finance in the media.
Mary is the author of five books, three of which were on the NZ bestseller list. They include "Get Rich Slow" and "Investing Made Simple" (both published by Penguin), and three books about KiwiSaver (published by Random House but now out of print). She has also written three booklets for the Reserve Bank, the most recent being Upside, Downside – a guide to risk for savers and investors".
She holds a BA in economic history (Victoria University of Wellington), MA in journalism (University of Michigan) and MBA in finance (University of Chicago, where she was taught by Nobel Laureate Merton Miller and graduated in the top 15%.).
From 1997 to 2013, Mary also wrote a syndicated column that appeared fortnightly in the Christchurch Press, Dominion Post, Gisborne Herald and Waikato Times. And from 2009 to 2013 she was a part-time senior lecturer in Financial Literacy at the University of Auckland.
She has also been a member of: the evaluation panel for KiwiSaver default providers in 2014, the External Advisory Group for Treasury's Long-Term Fiscal Statement in 2013, the Savings Working Group in 2010-11, and the Capital Market Development Taskforce in 2009. She also helped to develop the KiwiSaver Fund Finder on www.sorted.org.nz. She has been business editor of the Auckland Sun and Auckland Star, and has covered personal finance for the NZ Listener, Australian Financial Review and Chicago Tribune.
She enjoys movies and plays, walking in wild places, swimming, and meeting with friends.
PLEASE NOTE: The opinions Mary expresses in her writing and on this website are in no way connected with the Financial Markets Authority or the Banking Ombudsman Scheme.
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