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If transferring a largish amount of money over from the UK, would the higher interest rate on savings accounts in NZ (compared to UK) make up for the poor exchange rate. I will have a lump sum from my retirement pay off that i am leaving in the UK at first but when we decide to stay in NZ i will have the equity from the house sale as well to move over.
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Oh that's a hard one to call, especially with the rates that Northern Rock are offering at the moment and you'll probably pay RWT on any interest earned in NZ.

Guess that putting all your eggs in one basket may not be a good idea and maybe you could spread the risk out a bit - bring some money over and keep some back? Investors deposits in Banks in NZ & Oz aren't insured if the bank collapses.

If you're talking serious amounts of money it's probably best to seek professional financial advice.
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....If you're talking serious amounts of money it's probably best to seek professional financial advice.
yeah and look at the exchange rate fluctuations........50 cents in 6 months or so....phew....

nah, just buy gold, buy gold, buy gold!!
.......where's Martin (Sproutie) and Dave (Paladin) when you need them??
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Last time I looked gold was falling .
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Last time I looked gold was falling .
sshhh.......
keep talking it up..........

its like pyramid selling.........isn't it??
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Tomb raiding is illegal isn't it? (but at least the gold is 24ct)
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Tomb raiding is illegal isn't it? (but at least the gold is 24ct)

my thoughts about Lara Croft probably do get close to breaking the law......but hell it would only be cyber-sex
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my thoughts about Lara Croft probably do get close to breaking the law......but hell it would only be cyber-sex
Now thats an interesting way to spend my money!!!!!!!
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If transferring a largish amount of money over from the UK, would the higher interest rate on savings accounts in NZ (compared to UK) make up for the poor exchange rate. I will have a lump sum from my retirement pay off that i am leaving in the UK at first but when we decide to stay in NZ i will have the equity from the house sale as well to move over.
Hi M, I only just found out that as a 'tax resident' of NZ I have to pay tax on monies earning interest in the UK. Good news for you is that if you arrive after April 2006 you get a 4 year tax break on investments overseas (check with the IRD). So you can get 9% over here and I am getting a max 6.25 in the UK...both with banks.

BUT as you are having to pay about 40p for every NZ$ and you will eventually be able to get a $kiwi for abouy 34p.....6p lost for every dollar you buy is quite a lot. So much that we have taken on a mortgage to pay for home improvements as it is soooooooooo punative to change £s to kiwi at present.

We have a safety net of money in NZ being freed up end of Sept to pay off the short term mortgage.

The exchange rate is utterly dire at present. It can change very quickly. April 2005 change up life savings at $2.64, by Xmas 2006 it was around $3!!:curse:

Hindsight's a great thing aye..but it will get better.
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DON'T convert your money now with the rate at $2.5. Once the property market cools the interest rates IN NZ will drop, so you could be in for a double whammy...
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