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Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

BusinessDesk and NZ Herald

Each week the New Zealand Herald and BusinessDesk's Cooking the Books tackles a different money problem. Hosted by Frances Cook.

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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to use your money to provide a safety net in a crazy world. Hosted by Frances Cook.
This year alone, we've had major wildfires in Australia and the US, we've had elections which caused big disruptions in some countries, and of course, who could go past the pandemic which has changed all of our lives in major ways.
There's still time left in 2020 of course, but I don't want to tempt fate.
To say it's unstable right now is an understatement, and it's causing many of us to rethink a few things.
One of those is of course, our money. When handled right, your money can provide a buffer between you and some of the scarier parts of the world.
It can cushion you, from the worst of the shocks.
Our guest today has written a book all about how you could do that, combining philosophy with personal finance advice for a truly unique perspective.
For the latest podcast I talked to Richard Meadows, financial columnist and author of Optionality.
We discussed how he had hit financial freedom, how the current instability changed things, and whether the average person could work towards financial independence.
If you have a question about this podcast, or question you'd like answered in the next one, come and talk to me about it. I'm on Facebook here
https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the options for your financial future when houses are just too expensive. Hosted by Frances Cook.
OK, if you're feeling a little frustrated by the housing market, you're not alone. It's daunting if you're a first home buyer right now.
When Covid-19 first hit, all of the economists were predicting house prices to slide, as a knock-on effect of our economy getting a hammering.
Instead our country has handled the virus remarkably well, the economy is much better than expected, and house prices, well, they're racing away.
The latest OneRoof Property Report shows that in the time from August to October alone, Auckland prices jumped a shocking 2.8 per cent.
So, does this mean you should give up? No.
Does it mean you should put yourself in worrying amounts of debt, so that if one single thing goes wrong the bank takes the house back off you? Also no.
There are other ways to boost your wealth to give you financial security, and it can also be a path to get you a house further down the road, if that's what you want.
For the latest podcast I talked to Mark Lister from Craig's Investment Partners.
We discussed what other options you have for securing your financial future, if you can retire without owning a home, and how investing in other areas could help you get a house deposit.
If you have a question about this podcast, or question you'd like answered in the next one, come and talk to me about it. I'm on Facebook here
https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the astonishing rise of DIY investing since lockdown. Hosted by Frances Cook.
This year has seen a spike in new investors. Since the first Covid-19 lockdown back in March, the Financial Markets Authority estimates 120,000 New Zealand investors have joined local online investing platforms.
That's a seriously big jump for a small country like ours. For perspective, the big platforms Sharesies, InvestNow, and Hatch, now have about 250,000 clients between them.
My first reaction to this news is absolute happiness.
More Kiwis taking control of their money, and investing for their future, is awesome.
I hope that even more people join the investing journey in the future.
But with so many new investors coming in at the same time, there is the potential for things to go wrong.
No worries though – let's talk about that, and make sure that Cooking the Books listeners are the ones ahead of the curve.
For the latest podcast I talked to FMA CEO Rob Everett.
We discussed why he thinks there's been such a spike in investors, the reason for caution, and best practice for new investors.
• If you have a question about this podcast, or question you'd like answered in the next one, come and talk to me about it. I'm on Facebook here
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