Business & money

Bollard gives fascinating insight to financial crisis

April 5, 2014
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Bollard gives fascinating insight to financial crisis

Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Crisis, by Alan Bollard with Sarah Gaitanos (Auckland University Press, RRP $35): There’s no denying the global economy is in pretty bad shape and the forecasts for where it’s heading go from one extreme to the other. However, there are few people as well qualified...

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Making the most of your money

January 19, 2012
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Making the most of your money

Shares, by Martin Hawes (Penguin, $40): This is a revised edition of Martin Hawes’ best-selling book. It aims to help anyone make money on the sharemarket, no matter how experienced or inexperienced they might be. The author explains what he says are the seven secrets to becoming a successful investor and as with all...

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Practical guides in plain English

July 15, 2010
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Practical guides in plain English

Make Your Database Your Goldmine and 101 Quick Tips: Effective Communication, both by Debbie Mayo-Smith (Penguin, RRP $40 and $25.95 respectively): Debbie Mayo-Smith has written a lot of books on a lot of topics but all of them are aimed at making the reader more successful in their chosen field, and these offerings are...

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A pleasant surprise

June 12, 2010
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A pleasant surprise

Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (Random House, $34.99): I wasn’t quite sure was I was getting into when I picked up this book. It had a picture of a screwed up piece of paper on the cover, along with the bold claim: Change the way you work forever. Sure, the cynic...

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High-achieving Kiwis tell how they did it

January 14, 2010
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High-achieving Kiwis tell how they did it

Plastic Spoons, by Steve Grounds (Life-Choice Publishing): Most of us dream about what we might do if we suddenly found ourselves wealthy: what we’d do with a big Lotto win or other unexpected windfall, how we’d live our lives if we had millions of dollars in the bank. For some Kiwis, that isn’t a dream,...

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Expert shares his knowledge

October 4, 2009
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Expert shares his knowledge

Save Money on your Mortgage, by Martin Hawes (Penguin, RRP $30): What Martin Hawes doesn’t know about handling your finances isn’t worth knowing. This time around, he’s tackling what is most likely our biggest financial outlay, and our biggest debt: our mortgage. More specifically, he shows how we can save money on our mortgage....

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Good advice for home-buyers

March 2, 2009
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Good advice for home-buyers

Buying Your First Home: An Essential Kiwi Guide, by Cate Foster and Shelley Bridgeman (Renaissance Publishing, RRP $27.99): We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the global credit crunch that is currently hitting us all but these tough economic times do have an upside for some. The experts are now saying housing affordability is...

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Importance of people skills recognised

December 1, 2008
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Importance of people skills recognised

Pressing the Right Buttons, by Allison Mooney (Random House NZ, RRP $29.99): Author Allison Mooney believes that even though we live in a wired world, having people skills is an absolute requirement for business success. I’m inclined to agree with her. During the past few months I’ve had a range of customer service issues...

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Deserves a closer look

December 28, 2007
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Deserves a closer look

Fl!p, by Peter Sheahan (Random House, $39.99): Aussie business guru Peter Sheahan might be just 30 years old but he’s already built himself an impressive reputation in the business world as a consultant to some pretty major organisations, including L’Oreal, Fairfax, Google, Coca-Cola and BMW. There are plenty of books around that claim to...

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Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Smart Moves, by Marnie Adams (Random House, RRP $29.99): With the current boisterous real estate market, you can understand why so many people see selling property as a good way to make a living. Marnie Adams is one of New Zealand’s top real estate agents, selling more than $200,000,000 of residential property in just four years. and...

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