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Foreign exchange (FX) is an area where we have seen clients unnecessarily losing money. And we’re not talking small amounts, either; something that became abundantly clear to us after talking with foreign exchange expert, Phillip Lindberg. Foreign exchange (converting NZ dollars into another currency, or..

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At GRA we have become concerned at the number of people thinking about buying leaky buildings. This was brought to our attention in our capacity as Professional Trustee, which means we (along with any other trustees) need to sign off on any planned property purchases for..

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Don't be an ostrich

by John Rowe 06 Sep 15

When things turn pear-shaped, it can be tempting to behave like an ostrich, bury your head in the sand, and ignore what’s going on. This is not the best policy.  The media is currently giving high exposure to the issues facing dairy farmers - dairy..

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One common theme that seems to be on the 'up' this year, is two or more investors coming together to buy property through small private partnerships, LTCs or joint ventures.  Common examples include: Family members buying an asset from the deceased estate of a relative Family members..

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Business owners would do well to look closely if their marketing is proving ineffective and is not generating the leads and conversions they desire. It may not be entirely the marketing's fault. In fact, it may not be the marketing's fault at all.   I'm..

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WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS

by John Rowe 27 Mar 14

Typically at the outset of a new new year, business owners focus on a fresh start, new beginnings and how they can make it better than the previous year.Although we are already in March and the year is racing ahead, some businesses have not yet..

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IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS CASHFLOW

by John Rowe 26 Mar 14

Having got 2013's problems under control (as addressed in my previous blog - 'Ways to improve your business'), now is the time to make a plan for 2014 so it will be a year of reinvention and forward progress, rather than a repeat or worsening..

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I Have Debt With The IRD

by John Rowe 13 Mar 14

In March 2013 I wrote a blog about the heavy handedness of the IRD, and that their tactics were the leading cause of bankruptcy in New Zealand. At GRA we have noticed that these tactics are getting markedly worse, and we are seeing significantly more..

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There is a lot of talk about the current property boom in Auckland and how prices will continue to rise due to the high demand for housing. There are two ways investors can benefit from those capital gains, one less risky than the other. Strategy 1The..

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