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Month: April 2019

Net Worth – May 2019

Last month Mrs. R2A went back to work last month following 12 months of maternity leave. Her maternity leave impacted our finances during the past month in two big ways:

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KiwiSaver – What is it good for?

Well I don’t want to give away too many spoilers early on, but the answer is definitely a lot more than absolutely nothing! As per my disclaimer, I would recommend getting personalised financial advice before making any decisions, but the general consensus here in NZ is that you need to have a really, really good excuse to not be in KiwiSaver, and I’m yet to hear such an excuse.

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Investing with Sharesies

I should introduce this post by saying I don’t have any connection to Sharesies beyond using their product, but the links I’ve included in this post are referral links so I will benefit if you sign up for their service.

Sharesies is a New Zealand company who have created an online platform to invest mostly in ETFs and managed funds (at this stage). They are popular for their simplicity, but the fees can be a drawback, which I’ll go into more detail about soon.

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Net Worth – April 2019

The markets started making some decent moves in the right direction towards the end of March, which has had a positive impact on our net worth. As it’s still a couple of weeks before Mrs. R2A returns to work from maternity leave we haven’t really contributed to any of our investments in the past month (except for mortgage payments and my KiwiSaver) so most of the growth is just market growth. Hopefully from the June post onwards we’ll be able to start making some contributions again.

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