Read Mary's current Herald column on-line now, listen to recent radio
broadcasts, or search the archives for previous subjects in her Herald and
syndicated columns or broadcasts.
Finance Company Investments
The following is a selection of articles and radio broadcasts mainly from January 2005 to the present. To explore this topic in more depth and access earlier columns, please use the search box.
NZ Herald 22 March 2014
Q&As: 60 is not too old to get a mortgage and buy a first home
NZ Herald 27 April 2013
Q&As: Steer clear of foreign exchange trading
NZ Herald 18 August 2012
Q&As: New research helps to answer whether couple in early 50s should worry about how much they are saving
NZ Herald 9 July 2011
Q&As: Reader wants to pay financial adviser according to performance, but advisers not so keen
NZ Herald 30 April 2011
Q&As: A reader's attempt to recover tax on finance company interest is a nice try, but ...
NZ Herald 2 April 2011
Q&As: Executives of failed finance companies can't get away with wearing the dunce's hat
NZ Herald 26 March 2011
Q&As: Where does the money go when a finance company fails?
Syndicated column 23 October 2010 - Where did the finance company money go?
A reader is trying to get his head around his finance company loss. "I'm wondering if you would please consider writing an article on how investment companies lose their money - actually our money - and what happens to the money," he writes.View - It's FREE!
Syndicated column 31 July 2010 - Ridiculous offers shouldn't be banned
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.View - It's FREE!
NZ Herald 27 February 2010
Q&As: KiwiSaver trustee change raises questions about how much trustees protect members
NZ Herald 12 December 2009
Q&As: Which investment advisers charge fees - and why that is a good start
NZ Herald May 30 2009
Q&As: "Gambler" with foreign currency movements had better get out of the casino before he loses more than his shirt
NZ Herald March 21 2009
Q&As: Tips for retired couple whose interest income has halved.
NZ Herald October 18 2008
Q&As: Everything you need to know about the government's new deposit guarantee scheme.
NZ Herald March 29 2008
Q&As: Do Blue Chip, finance company and other investment victims deserve what's happened?
NZ Herald September 1 2007
Q&As: How the typical KiwiSaver investment fund differs from a finance company
NZ Herald March 17 2007
Q&As: Landlords, beware! Changes being considered in rental property taxation.
NZ Herald October 7 2006
Q&As: Should you portfolio be regularly serviced? And how do you calculate the return on it?
NZ Herald August 19 2006
Q&As: The average New Zealander can't afford to buy a house, or can they? The poor don't stay poor.
NZ Herald July 15 2006
Q&As: Lessons from the Bible: Is borrowing bad?
NZ Herald July 8 2006
Q&As: What to do about negligent adviser who recommended bad finance company investment.
NZ Herald January 21 2006
Q&As: Shares v term deposits - it depends how much time you have.
NZ Herald September 17 2005
Q&As: Don't be rushed into buying an apartment.
NZ Herald August 6 2005
Q&As: 18-year-old should wait a bit before buying a house.
NZ Herald April 16 2005
Q&As: Woman can get her dream property - if she makes some sacrifices.
Holm Truths summer 04-05
Scattering the seeds: By diversifying, you reduce risk but not returns
Holm Truths winter 04
3rd big question: When? - How should you time your investing?