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The Mother of all Bubbles

We are so fixated with property that talk of any kind of bubble quickly turns the conversation to housing. I’m going somewhere else. History is a great teacher.

Financial planning

Investing in Residential Mortgages

At Squirrel, we're known as one of the largest mortgage brokers in New Zealand. But what you might not know is that we are also a lender, which means we can make a portion of those loans available as investments for retail investors. This gives investors better opportunities for their cash funds.

Housing Market

Property spruikers and spin

The cult of personality is alive and well in the New Zealand property market with the next wave of self-styled property gurus. Now they're digital savvy and on social media.

Financial planning

Saving for a house deposit? Grow your savings faster

Saving for a house in the post-covid age isn’t easy. With house prices becoming stratospheric, the Kiwi dream might start to seem more like a pipe dream.

Financial planning

Covid impact on people reliant on interest income

Interest rates offered by banks are low as a result of the pandemic. The Government has helped out lots of parts of society, and we’re all grateful for this. Have they helped those reliant on interest income?

Housing Market

Developers, drug dealers and money

Investing money with property developers is risky. In this post we talk about how risky it is and ask how it can even happen.

Financial planning

Investing in Business Property Loans: two case studies

We haven’t published a case study for a while, so here are two that will provide an overview of the borrowers and loans you’re investing in.

Financial planning

An update on our Investor platform - November 2020

There’s been a lot happening here at the Squirrel garage and lots of movement in the financial world, so here’s an update on quite a few things.

Financial planning

How to earn better returns by investing in residential mortgages

Earlier this year we launched our P2P Home Loans and Business Property Loans that give investors access to residential first mortgage investments with returns of up to 5% p.a. As interest rates have fallen, investors are looking for better returns.

Financial planning

An update on our Investor platform - October 2020

An update on Investor activity, new loans soon to be available for snapping up, how our borrowers are tracking with the current economy plus a handy tip.

Financial planning

An update on our Investor platform - September 2020

An update on Investor activity, interest rates, how our borrowers are tracking with the current economy and a general overview of our platform.

Lifestyle and Technology

How to spot cyber crime in real time

Having come from decades in banking Dave’s seen his fair share of cyber-crime and how it’s evolved alongside financial technology. He took the time to write down his recent experiences and tips on how to avoid becoming victim to cyber fraud.

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