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Mary Holm

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31 March 2008


Qantas Media Award winner Mary Holm writes a column in the Weekend Herald and another column in the Dominion Post, Waikato Times, Christchurch Press and other papers. She is a part-time senior lecturer in financial literacy at the University of Auckland, and also presents seminars and frequently discusses personal finance on radio and television.

She has written four books about KiwiSaver or personal finance – including "KiwiSaver: How to make it work for you", New Zealand's best-selling book for 10 weeks. She holds a BA in economic history (Victoria University), MA in journalism (University of Michigan) and MBA in finance (University of Chicago).


  • Is Rental Property Always A Good Investment?

    I am concerned about the unfortunate investor in retirement or approaching retirement who chances to have his/her life savings invested in the markets at the time a slump occurs.

  • Should I Buy Or Sell Kiwi Dollars?

    I have a HSBC Hong Kong bank account as I have worked overseas for a number of years. I am now back living in New Zealand but still have around $50,000 in this account.

  • Is It A Good Idea To Invest In Managed Funds?

    I heard you talking on the radio this week about New Zealand's dismal D-minus rating in the recent Morningstar report on Global Fund Investor Experience research.

    What does this actually mean? Should I be staying out of managed funds and sticking to rental property?

  • Are Classic Cars A Poor Investment?

    Classic cars are a very poor investment. With the current economic turmoil, people are looking for safer investments, and some are buying up classic cars in the hope that these vehicles will gain in value. My advice is: don't.

  • Which Investment Should I Choose: Bank, Shares or Classic Cars?

    I am a 20-year-old apprentice mechanic, a member of KiwiSaver and have a term investment of $10,000 coming due next month.

  • What Investment Mix Is Right For Me?

    My friend has just signed up for superannuation and told me she has invested her contributions four ways - 25 per cent conservative (cash); 25 per cent moderate (cash plus fixed interest); 25 per cent balanced (shares plus cash/fixed interest); and 25 per cent shares.

  • How Can I Get The Maximum Tax Credit Benefit From KiwiSaver?

    In February I started a new job and was automatically enrolled in KiwiSaver. About $200 has been deducted, but unfortunately I did not enjoy the job and have left.

  • How Does The Student Loan Repayment Bonus Scheme Work?

    Could you please explain the new student loan repayment bonus scheme?

  • What's The Best Approach To Investing In Growth Assets?

    We are a couple in our mid-30s and are contemplating investing our tax cuts - about $140 per month - in a growth asset such as shares.

  • Will I Be Eligible For The First-Home Deposit Subsidy?

    I have been voluntarily contributing to KiwiSaver at the rate of $20 a week since mid-May 2008, just after I turned 18.

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