Credit cards: The winner is...

Earning rewards is one of the few benefits of a big credit card bill.

Credit cards from Countdown and The Warehouse top comparison of credit card rewards schemes.

€500 bills to be scrapped

The European Centreal Bank is going to stop issuing €500 banknotes from 2018.

The €500 bill to be withdrawn from circulation over fears it "could facilitate illicit activities".

Scammer targeted elderly victims

Denise Cherelle Greig, 30, has admitted being part of a fraud ring in Christchurch.

Christchurch woman told victims their bank cards were faulty and replaced them with Prezzy cards.

Arrest over $4.9m paid in error

The woman's arrest stems from an alleged banking error in 2012, when A$4.6 million was mistakenly transferred into the ...

Woman whose account credited millions in error arrested "trying to leave country".

Slack KiwiSaver advice costs

A lifetime in the wrong KiwiSaver fund can work out to be very expensive.

KiwiSaver schemes face a fees backlash from customers whose balances fall short.

Lenders warned over loans

Do customers really understand what they are signing?

Disclosure reminder after one payday operator had to return hundreds of thousands of dollars to customers.

The other Auckland

House prices hadn't factored in Queenstown's attractions until recently.

Queenstown houses are far beyond most people's reach with a first home likely to cost $700K.

NZ house price jumps video

Shopping for real estate has become increasingly difficult as regional house prices rise.

Real estate bargains are harder to find as regional house prices rise.

Houses at chronic low

If no new listings came on, all available property for sale in Wellington would sell out in just under 6 weeks.

Most of the country is a seller's market for housing, particularly Wellington.

Swap Waiheke for Patea

This solid tile and weatherboard Essex St home is up for sale for $90,000.

One Auckland man took a leap of faith, and he loves where he's landed. Where else can you buy a house for under $90,000 by the sea?

Mum jailed for $186,000 fraud

A South Canterbury mother has been jailed for stealing more than $186,000 on company cards.

Her employer sometimes met her at supermarkets, not knowing she was buying food using money from his business.

How to win at auction

Try not to let your nerves show on auction day.

Worried about beating the competition at a house auction? Here are some tips from the experts.

How to build financial resilience

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell says people who gets debts "stacked up" find it really, really hard to clear them.

Toughening up the family finances to withstand hard times can be done with a plan and sacrifice.

Just too much ice

A US woman is suing Starbucks for $5m after they put too much ice in her drink.

A US woman is suing Starbucks for US$5 million (NZ$7.15 million) over the amount of ice in her drink. So what are the rules here?

Power price hike

Contact Energy’s Te Mihi power station was part of the company's Wairakei investment programme, which won an energy ...

Winter is coming, and with it higher electricity prices for some Contact Energy customers.

Facebook fraudster back in court

A picture from the New Jersey Star-Ledger shows Eliyahu Weinstein being led away by FBI agents.

Te Kuiti farmers sue rabbi over multi-million dollar Facebook stock scam

Garner: House price home truths

The Government has done little, if anything, to deflate the house price bubble.

OPINION: As the Government fiddles, house prices remain on fire. Do the Aussies have the answer?

Don't put your kid in KiwiSaver

Should you get your kids signed up to KiwiSaver to start saving a house deposit good and early?

Unless you want them to learn a hard lesson about fees and bankers, of course.

Weldon's day in court looms

Mark Weldon in his days leading NZX.

Former NZX boss Mark Weldon faces days in the witness boss as long running battle finally heads to court.

$11k bill and no way to pay

Alison Gordon worries she might lose her house over the tax bill she says "blindsided" her.

The IRD is chasing Alison Gordon for a bill she says she might have to lose her house to pay.

Transforming tech

A smart house may one day talk with your insurer.

Someone from the 1960s would recognise modern insurance policies. But technology will change all that.

KiwiSaver could cost $70k

Your provider could take almost $80,000 in fees over a lifetime of saving.

We are set to shell out tens of thousands of dollars in KiwiSaver fees - why don't we care?

False fears about KiwiSaver

Misguided fears may be stopping people saving.

Relax, the Government won't take your savings.

Asian managed funds access

The agreement should create more investment opportunities for New Zealanders.

Agreement clears way for Kiwi investment firms to expand in Japan and Korea, and vice versa.

For sale - waterfalls included video

"There's beautiful old trees. It not just scrubby bush. It's beautiful," owner Malcolm Howard says.

Swimming holes, a motorbike circuit and a tree fort - this piece of paradise has it all.

Here's your excuse to spend

It is not an indulgence to spend a bit more on a car that will be reliable.

Avoiding spending is a great strategy if you are trying to build your wealth. But sometimes, it actually makes sense to splash out.

Get a better deal from your mortgage

Robert and Marilyn are mid-60s and have recently retired.  Robert was a lawyer in Auckland while Marilyn raised their ...

OPINION: The best way to structure your property lending will depend on your stage of life.

How hard have young buyers got it, really?

Don't just blame Sky - your coconut yoghurt habit is expensive, too.

OPINION: It's time for young buyers to take some responsibility - New Zealand househunters don't know how lucky they are.

Taking a dive on the Aus five

The International Bank Note Society voted the New Zealand fiver as "Bank Note of the Year" for 2015 from a field of over ...

We're best at rugby, a more popular place to live...and now our new $5 note puts theirs to shame, writes an Australian.

Help for older homeowners

Existing council rates schemes for elderly homeowners are for people suffering hardship.

People relying on pensions as rising rates eat into their incomes may soon get a hand.

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