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NZ Herald 16 February 2013
Q&As: A company that promises way too much. Steer clear!
NZ Herald 14 May 2011
Q&As: Foreclosed property seminar reminds me of investment warning lists
Syndicated column 9 April 2011 - How not to be ripped off
There's no denying that some fraudsters are clever. Bernie Madoff - the American now serving 150 years in prison for probably the biggest rip-off of all time - didn't promise investors 20 or 30 per cent returns, which would have looked highly suspicious. Instead, it was a steady return of around 10.5 per cent a year. While you can't get returns that high on a steady basis, it obviously sounded possible to thousands of Americans.View - It's FREE!
NZ Herald 2 April 2011
Q&As: Executives of failed finance companies can't get away with wearing the dunce's hat
NZ Herald 22 January 2011
Q&As: Tax cutting scheme likely to bring much more wealth to the company than to a reader
NZ Herald 1 August 2009
Q&As: Reader's sad story about racing tips company
NZ Herald 25 July 2009
Q&As: Steps a middle-income family can take towards buying their own home
NZ Herald 18 July 2009
Q&As: Several signs that company offering racing tips is not the path to riches
Syndicated column 30 June 2009 - How would you have done in financial knowledge survey?
It's question time. How would you have answered the following in a recent survey: "Which is generally considered to make you the most money over the next 15 to 20 years: a savings account, range of shares, range of fixed interest investments, or a cheque account?"View - It's FREE!
NZ Herald July 5 2008
Q&As: Average Joe Bloggs, sick of the rich and poor ripping off the system, seeks tax breaks.
NZ Herald September 23 2006
This week, and through September, we are running excerpts from Mary Holm's bestselling book, "Get Rich Slow: How to grow your wealth the safe and savvy way." Mary's regular Q&A column will resume in October.
Syndicated column March 28 2006: What we don't know CAN hurt us
One of the first things journalists are taught is to make the first sentence of an article a "grabber", something that will perhaps surprise readers and make them read on.
Holm Truths spring 04
Investor beware!: How to spot a rip-off or scam