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Musings

Inflation is dead

Technology is starting to progress faster than our ability to grasp its impact on our worl...

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Squirrel welcomes more bank options and 100% build finance

Squirrel has access to more lenders than any other broker and the only 100% build finance ...

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Driving Change: How the move toward driverless cars will affect the property market

Driverless cars were once the stuff of science fiction, but they’re now not only very real...

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Financial anxiety in 2017

We’ve recently run a small Facebook survey on what’s causing kiwis financial anxiety in 20...

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Making sense of the mortgage landscape

There’s no doubt about it – the mortgage landscape has changed. Credit markets are tighten...

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Take control of your retirement age

There are two significant decisions that you can make right now which will change the qual...

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The innovation age

As we’ve noted for some time there are some big forces in play that are increasingly chang...

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The cost of car ownership

When I lived in London I never owned a car. And when I worked in Sydney and Melbourne I si...

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The Geo-political zoo of 2017

The global economy is still in a muddle. So it’s difficult to get a clear gauge on what wi...

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January 2017 overview: Themes worth thinking about

It’s that time of the year. Media commentators are lining up to provide a “guess” (aka for...

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Mortgage rate forecast for 2017

Banks are blaming higher mortgage rates on higher funding costs even with the OCR at histo...

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Keeping up with Auckland: Will prices continue to soften?

In the ever changing Auckland housing market, the latest evidence is showing that the mark...

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What you want to know…

Squirrel ran a seminar recently called Managing Risk in an Uncertain Market, where JB and ...

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What's the plan?

Generally speaking, it’s fair to say that this round of reserve bank rule changes will hav...

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The value of teaching kids the value of money

What started out as a chance to give back to the community I grew up in, turned into one o...

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Why Auckland house prices aren’t 3 times income

Whilst I fully agree that house prices are over-inflated, I don’t think it’s to the extent...

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Insight: The curriculum needs better financial education

There seems to be one glaring hole in what we teach our kids: financial skills and respons...

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We're in an epoch Jim but nobody knows it!

The age of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing is bearing down on us and damn ...

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4 predictions for NZ property in 2016

How are your foresight skills? While none of us have time travelled from the future and kn...

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View from the regions – desperate times

It’s a pretty well-known fact that Auckland’s property market has been on a strong price g...

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Peer to peer lending - starting up

We have just launched Squirrel Money which is a new peer-to-peer lending platform. It's ea...

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