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On the first day of Christmas...

Here's Elizabeth Kerr's version of The Twelve Days of Christmas to keep you on the right financial path over the holiday season

Kiwis piled into tax avoidance structures that vanished

The IRD giveth and taketh: Terry Baucher reviews the risks of relying on tax benefits to invest in property

How cavemen & women's descendants became shopaholics

Just because something is on sale does not mean you should buy it. Elizabeth Kerr asks if you are 'spaving' - spending to save

Slumping oil price 'game changer for investors'

Oil price to remain weak for 3 years, helping restrain both interest rates and inflation, Macquarie's Brad Gordon says

How to think about fixed vs floating

Now that Auckland's housing market is taking off again, Bernard Hickey surveys the outlook for interest rates, house prices and possible Reserve Bank action

IRD identifies twice as much tax fraud

IRD finds $3.73 of tax fraud for every dollar it spends looking for it

Recycling and composting Tauranga style

Elizabeth Davies discovers being more environmentally responsible both feels good and saves money

You are entitled to nothing

Elizabeth Kerr thinks a good life is getting tangled up with a goods life; Says gratitude is the antidote to entitlement

Consumers gear up

Consumer debt rises at fastest annualised pace in almost nine years; Business debt grows at fastest pace in 2 years

Housing costs rising faster than incomes

Housing costs are rising faster than household incomes but people are also putting more emphasis on paying down their mortgages

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