Monthly Archives: February 2011

Update on “A horrible thought about earthquake insurance”


I guess we should have known that whatever your worst fears about the insurance industry are, in reality you just aren’t thinking imaginatively enough. In an article in the Melbourne Age, Suncorp (one of Australia’s biggest insurers) chief executive Patrick … Continue reading

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A horrible thought about earthquake insurance


A point came to mind the other day, and I hope it amounts to nothing. I seem to recall that, under Earthquake Commission rules (the “EQC”), claims for an earthquake have to be submitted within 3 months of the event, … Continue reading

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Lower Interest Rates on the horizon?


The horrific ordeal that Christchurch is presently undergoing is leading a number of economists to pick a drop in the OCR – the Official Cash Rate – set by Alan Bollard of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Jane Turner … Continue reading

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Sham Trusts in New Zealand


This is a topic that worries many New Zealanders under financial stress, and the more they have treated their family trust as an extension of their personal bank account, or have simply not been able to keep up with the … Continue reading

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An addendum to “Property Market Stabilising?”


Ok, so while Barfoot and Thompson recorded sales pretty much identical for Jan 2011 compared to Jan 2010, the same does not seem to have been the case for the whole of New Zealand.

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Property market stabilising?


Barfoot & Thompson stats for January show that, although the 12 months to Jan 2011 was well down on the 12 months to Jan 2010, the number of sales (583 to 563) and value of those sales ($290M to $294M) … Continue reading

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Surely they have to fix that?


Not necessarily.  So be very, very nice to them when you ask them to fix it. What am I talking about?  Chattels.  Things sold to you with the house that aren’t an integral part of the building (this is simplistic, … Continue reading

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