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Dollars, sense and interest rates

by The Professional Trustee Team 20 Oct 15

The general consensus of opinion is interest rates are on the way down but the big questions still remain: when will the cuts come and how low will the rates go?  BACKGROUND On 10 September 2015 the Reserve Bank of New Zealand ("RBNZ") cut the..

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On a brighter note

by The Professional Trustee Team 10 Sep 15

Here's something interesting … our money is about to get a facelift.  Initially introduced into New Zealand's money system in 1999, our bank notes have become a little dull.  New bright notes, however, are going to be the norm from October 2015 onwards. The notes..

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Legal judgement affecting Trusts

by The Professional Trustee Team 10 Sep 15

We all know Trust law is a moving beast. The Court of Appeal recently demonstrated this when it released a judgement that had professional trustees using their little grey cells and thinking hard about their clients.  The case involved a fairly traditional marriage, of reasonably..

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Buying and selling property through trusts

by The Professional Trustee Team 08 Sep 15

Most people are aware that from 1 October 2015, residential property (with some exceptions) that is bought and sold within a two-year period will attract tax payable on capital gains made.  This rule will apply to equally to individuals, companies and trusts.  If a property..

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How to handle interest rates in today's changing times

by The Professional Trustee Team 24 Aug 15

Recently there has been a lot happening on the economic and political fronts which may have the propensity to affect our property and borrowing decisions.  In these times, it can be difficult to decide what a sensible course of action to take is.   If..

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Avoiding a Train Wreck

by The Professional Trustee Team 17 Aug 15

I wrote the following article for the August/September 2015 issue of REINZ Magazine, which was sent to all real estate agents within New Zealand. Our Professional Trustee is in demand! AVOIDING A TRAIN WRECK In the effort of getting a vendor to list a property..

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How Far Can Auckland House Prices Go?

by The Professional Trustee Team 16 Jun 15

The headlines read "House prices out of control", "House prices can't keep going up", "House prices are going to fall".  But are the headlines right? How far can house prices continue to climb?   Demand outweighed supply. Housing shortage pre Global Financial Crises (GFC) existed...

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IS CAPITAL GAINS TAX THE RIGHT ANSWER TO OUR HOUSING PROBLEM?

by The Professional Trustee Team 06 May 15

Albert Einstein said "If I had an hour to find a solution, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions."  It's a pity those that suggest the introduction of a capital gains tax as a solution to remedying the..

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SELLING YOUR HOME WHEN IT'S OWNED BY A TRUST

by The Professional Trustee Team 30 Jan 15

Most people understand that when a motor vehicle is sold, the owner of the car has to sign the sale papers.  These days, the buyer also has to sign the sale papers.  The same analogy applies to houses owned by a Trust.  Vendors and Purchasers..

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