Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

Each week the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books tackles a different money problem. Hosted by Frances Cook.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 22 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's where to spend and where to skimp if you're having a baby. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you're planning to have a baby it's a really exciting time, but it can also be a minefield of change that you're navigating for the very first time.

Many of those changes will be powered by money, and it can be a bit confusing...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's keeping emotion in check to become a better investor. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Emotions and money are like petrol and fire. Try not to mix them if you can, because it's likely you won't enjoy the result.

So while I've loved seeing more people paying attention to their money in the last year, and particularly the fan...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the forces behind house prices, and what's likely to happen next. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you've paid even the slightest attention to the news lately you'll know house prices have spiraled up past even the most optimistic expectations.

It's led to intense bidding wars, buyers offering tens of thousands above...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to figure out the new rules of a low interest rate environment. Hosted by Frances Cook.

It may sound unsexy, but interest rates are actually the secret sauce for understanding your money.

That little percentage determines how much debt costs you, and how much an investment will make you, as well as a bunch of other things....
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's where to start if you're wanting a job change. Hosted by Frances Cook.

We all know 2020 was a lot, not least because many of us found our working lives totally changed.

It was a split situation, with industries like aviation and tourism hammered, but others like tech, financial services, or deliveries, doing well.

The late...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the financial independence movement, and whether normal people can give it a try. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Financial independence is something you might have seen floating around, and been curious about.

On the face of it, it sounds too good to be true. Save and invest hard, and you build up enough investment income that you do...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to handle a split and the financial fallout. Hosted by Frances Cook.

January has a fun nickname in the lawyer world – "splitting season".

After being cooped up with each other through the holidays, the stress of Christmas and family expectations, it turns out a bunch of us decide, we've had enough.

But of course...
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January 5, 2021 24 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what to expect from the year ahead of us. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Goodbye 2020, don't let the door hit you on the way out. What a year that was.

If you're feeling burned out and sick of the uncertainty, I don't blame you.

So as we take a beat, and digest the last of the Christmas cake, it's time to think about h...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what we can learn from how New Zealanders responded to Covid-19. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you wanted to find out if New Zealanders are financially resilient, then 2020 was one heck of a trial by fire to keep an eye on.

Well the Financial Services Council has done just that, spending the year tracking how we're all doing,...
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December 15, 2020 22 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's whether a tiny house could be right for you. Hosted by Frances Cook.

With our housing market officially running way past hot and right into scalding territory, people are looking for creative solutions.

One that's getting renewed interest is tiny homes.

The appeal is clear, at least to me – a smart, efficient use of space,...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the allure of bitcoin, and whether it's an investment you should consider. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Once you've started to dip your toe into the investing world, it can be surprisingly boring.

Far from the movies of men in suits shouting over each other incoherently, for most people the investing experience is about reg...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to start talking money with your partner, so that you can work together better. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Talking to your partner about money is more important than ever.

The economy is having a rough time, people are losing jobs, and then Christmas rolls around with the expectation that you spend a bunch.

If you're not ...
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November 24, 2020 20 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to take control of your credit score. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Credit scores are important, but it can be hard to figure out how important they are in our part of the world.

A lot of personal finance advice comes from the United States, where their credit system is entirely different.

Trying to copy that here could see you ...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to use your money to provide a safety net in a crazy world. Hosted by Frances Cook.

This year alone, we've had major wildfires in Australia and the US, we've had elections which caused big disruptions in some countries, and of course, who could go past the pandemic which has changed all of our lives in major ways.

T...
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November 10, 2020 28 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the options for your financial future when houses are just too expensive. Hosted by Frances Cook.

OK, if you're feeling a little frustrated by the housing market, you're not alone. It's daunting if you're a first home buyer right now.

When Covid-19 first hit, all of the economists were predicting house prices to...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the different money moves you should make at different times in your life. Hosted by Frances Cook.

It's all very well to know the basics of what you need to do with your money, but if you're just starting out, it can be hard to know the first step.

After all, you might want to pay off debt, start investing, and get a g...
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October 27, 2020 24 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to pay off debt faster, and pay less overall. Hosted by Frances Cook.

There's quite enough to be feeling nervous about these days, with the Covid-19 situation changing every five minutes, and regularly throwing curveballs to the economy.

So if you've got some debt you were meaning to deal with, it's probably ma...
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October 20, 2020 33 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the best ways to make extra money, without wasting your time. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Well, it turns out that you guys really want to talk about side hustles.

When we talked about paying off debt using side hustles a few weeks ago, I was inundated with questions about finding more ways to earn extra cash, and which ones were w...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the astonishing rise of DIY investing since lockdown. Hosted by Frances Cook.

This year has seen a spike in new investors. Since the first Covid-19 lockdown back in March, the Financial Markets Authority estimates 120,000 New Zealand investors have joined local online investing platforms.

That's a seriously big jump for a s...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the mistake being made with KiwiSavers, and how to fix it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

KiwiSaver is really important, not only for our long term futures in retirement, but also our short term futures of buying first homes.

Figures from the IRD show this year, in July alone, $125 million dollars was pulled out of KiwiSavers for fir...
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