Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

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

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September 25, 2022 38 min

Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's property investing to become financially independent. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Investing in property is something many New Zealanders use as a way to secure their financial future. 

Today's guest planned to do just that, investing into properties with a plan to achieve financial independence. 

But the sayin...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to find a side income that fits into your life. Hosted by Frances Cook.

We all know that life is getting more expensive by the day, and while cutting back is one way to tackle it, earning more can be a big help too. 

We've talked before on the podcast about ways to ask for a pay rise, but sometimes, it...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the couple who made a major lifestyle change in order to become mortgage-free. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you needed to make a big lifestyle change, but only for five years and then you would achieve your financial goals - could you do it? 

That's what one couple decided to do when they had the idea to bui...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's whether a business could be a better option than a first home. Hosted by Frances Cook.

A catch cry for years now has been that first home buyers feel locked out of any opportunity to buy their own home. 

There is a change in the air, for sure, with house prices now falling for the first time in years. 

The lat...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's part two of listener questions about KiwiSaver. Hosted by Frances Cook.

KiwiSaver has to be one of the areas where people send me the most questions, and for good reason. 

It’s easy to build up a big chunk of cash in there, and there pressure is on to make sure that you’re handling it right. 

So I put the call...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's listener questions about KiwiSaver. Hosted by Frances Cook.

KiwiSaver is a funny old thing. You tick yes on a box when you sign up to a job, start chucking some money in with each pay, and after a few years you notice to your surprise that you've built up tens of thousands of dollars. 

It builds up quickly...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to get a raise. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Your job is one of the first and biggest investments you make in your money future. 

Before you can save, invest, buy a house, or whatever else, you need money coming in to dedicate to your goals. 

Of course, the more money you have coming in, the more you can dedica...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's strategies to help out DIY investors. Hosted by Frances Cook.

One of the big trends of the last few years has been people trying out shares investing by themselves. 

Let's declare upfront, overall I'm a big fan of this. 

That people can now build their wealth and plan for the future by just logging int...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to stop debt becoming a problem. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Debt is one of those things that quite quickly becomes overwhelming. 

You start off with getting a few extra things on credit, but get behind on the payments. Soon the fees and interest are spiralling, and making you feel like you'll never get it...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to avoid getting tricked by dodgy "ethical investing" claims. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Kermit the frog taught us that it's not easy being green, and boy was he right. 

The ethical investing sector is booming, and many investors say it's important to them that their money is going into compan...

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July 17, 2022 39 min

Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to get on the same financial page with your partner. Hosted by Frances Cook.

They say that sunlight is the best disinfectant, but one of the most shadowy areas of our lives is also one of the most important – money. 

It's something that most of us don't like to talk about, even with those we live a...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what's the truth behind the fear in the housing market. Hosted by Frances Cook.

There's nothing like the housing market to make us a bit hysterical. 

That's partly because it's such a mix of money and security. 

People are keen to own their own home not only to get it paid off and have a more s...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to make self-employed life work for you. Hosted by Frances Cook.

It's a dream for many people – to start your own business, and be your own boss.

In an ideal world it allows you to focus on the projects that you find most fulfilling, and say no to the work you've always suspected was a waste of you...

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June 26, 2022 37 min

Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what's behind the soaring cost of living, and what you can do about it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you're struggling to pay for, well, anything, you are far from alone right now. 

You'll see inflation has been hitting the headlines a lot lately, which is just the term for how things cost more as ti...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's Mahé Drysdale on his experience making a big career change, and his top financial tips. Hosted by Frances Cook.

I’m sure we’ve all considered it at least once – completely changing careers, to something fresh, new and exciting. 
A change is as good as a holiday they say, but it’s also a great way to boost your ...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's getting rid of the money mindsets that can hold you back. Hosted by Frances Cook.

A big part of the investing game is mental. 

I'm a believer that the actual nuts and bolts of investing aren't all that hard. 

You can choose to make it complicated if that's what floats your boat, but the simple ways...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the sea of red in your KiwiSaver, and how to work out if yours is as bad as it looks. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you’ve looked at your KiwiSaver, or any investments lately, you’ve probably winced and wondered if you’re doing something wrong. 

For about 13 years now we’ve been in a bull market, which means valu...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what's happening now that the dust is settling from the crypto crash, and how the mainstream investing world is reacting to it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

The crypto world is just starting to catch its breath after what was one of the nastiest crashes in its history.

A supposedly safe stablecoin, Luna, crater...

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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the ultimate guide to what first home buyers need to know to improve their chance at getting on the property ladder. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you're a first home buyer, you need all the help you can get, and the good news is that you've just got access to a little bit more of it.

The Government has announced it's...

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Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the Government's announcements on tackling cost of living, and whether it will make a difference for you. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Budget day is a big deal for, well, basically all of us. 


The Government opens up its cheque book and decides who is getting what, with big ripple effects throughout the country...

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