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Is your KiwiSaver safe?

by The Professional Trustee Team 12 Dec 16

Many New Zealanders still retain memories of Black Tuesday – the day the share market collapsed in 1987. The crash began in Hong Kong, spread to Europe, moved into the United States and then headed Australia and New Zealand's way.  By the end of Tuesday..

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Ground-breaking trust case - are your trust assets safe?

by The Professional Trustee Team 19 Sep 16

A labyrinth case, involving legal proceedings spanning a decade, has finally made its way through four courts. The ultimate judgement delivered by the Supreme Court is probably one of the most ground breaking decisions in respect of trusts and relationship property that this country has..

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When 'mine' becomes 'ours' - keeping assets separate

by The Professional Trustee Team 14 Sep 16

It is a common misconception that you have to live with someone for three years or more, and they have to make a direct contribution to the assets acquired during the relationship, before they're entitled to bring a relationship property claim. Possibly this mistaken belief..

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LVR consequences

by The Professional Trustee Team 04 Aug 16

Many changes are occurring in our financial and real estate landscape. LOAN TO VALUE RATIOS (LVRs) As per my last blog, the LVR applicable across the whole of NZ for investors of residential property has now been set at 60% by the RBNZ.  As I've..

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Proposed new LVR rules for investors

by The Professional Trustee Team 19 Jul 16

From 1 September 2016 we are likely to see higher LVR rules being applied to investors who are borrowing to purchase residential investment property as per the Reserve Bank announcement today.  Under the proposed new restrictions, investors across New Zealand will be required to have..

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What does Brexit mean for New Zealand?

by The Professional Trustee Team 27 Jun 16

Those who were watching the polls know Britain's decision to uncouple from the EU was a close thing.  Prior to the counting of the votes, many thought Bemain would win the day.  That, however, was not the case and now the uncoupling is becoming a..

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2016 Property and Trust event

by The Professional Trustee Team 24 Jun 16

Hello everybody. I'm sure everyone who attended will agree, the 2016 Property and Trust event on June 22nd was a very informative affair.  Our speakers (Crockers and Westpac) imparted some valuable information which I know will assist us with our property portfolios. GRA's Trustee Services Director,..

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Interest rates and the year ahead

by The Professional Trustee Team 23 Dec 15

There is no doubt about it – Christmas is a magical time, filled with love and friendship and happy moments, especially those encompassing the opening of presents!  It's also a time for reflection on the year past.   This year has brought many changes.  Banking..

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Inheritances Lost Unnecessarily

by The Professional Trustee Team 08 Dec 15

Every parent wants their children to have an equally good if not better life than what they've lived. To achieve that objective, parents tend to work hard to build up assets so they have something to leave their children when they die.  This is done..

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