Interesting, enjoyable, provocative, useful, and otherwise memorable articles from 2015

When I read an article that I think is especially interesting, enjoyable, provocative, or useful, I often tweet a link to the article on one of my four Twitter accounts: @sonniebailey@nzwealthandrisk@personalrisk@chchlawyer

Below is a non-exhaustive list of articles from my year that were especially memorable. 


Good news and bad news


Building and managing wealth

I read a lot of dry stuff about investment in 2015. But I also read many entertaining articles directed at a more general audience. 

  • And low-cost index-based funds:

Special mention

  • In terms of specific blogs or resources from 2015, special mention goes to:
    • Australian journalist Adele Honin's profound and wise blog, Coming of Age, about the challenges of ageing. I was saddened to hear of her recent death.
    • Ben Carlson's blog, A Wealth of Common Sense.
    • Dr James Dahle's blog, The White Coat InvestorDahle, himself a practising medical specialist, writes about personal finance and investing. It is targeted towards medical professionals ("white coats") but is relevant for most people generating a high income. 

Finally, I tip my hat to Wait But WhyI discovered this blog in 2015. It has some amazing articles. I'm inclined to divide them into two categories - heavy duty substantive articles: 

And fresh perspectives on the everyday and important:

I hope you enjoy this list! And if you're interested, feel free to follow this blog or any of my Twitter accounts, @sonniebailey@nzwealthandrisk@personalrisk@chchlawyer

All the best for 2016!

Sonnie Bailey

Sonnie is the founder and principal of Fairhaven Wealth.

Before founding Fairhaven Wealth, Sonnie worked in the legal and financial services industries for over a decade.

Sonnie first became involved with financial advice as a specialist financial services lawyer. For many years, he was an “adviser of advisers”, reviewing thousands of advice files prepared by hundreds of financial advisers, and providing feedback in relation to the quality and appropriateness of advice; industry best practice; risk management; and regulatory compliance. He has published work in industry publications and spoken at various financial advice conferences.

Sonnie has also worked with banks, investment management firms, insurers, and derivatives providers.

Sonnie has worked as a private client lawyer, focusing on succession, estate planning and trusts. He ran his own legal firm in Australia before relocating to New Zealand. He has also acted in independent trustee and company director positions.

Sonnie is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and manage the risks to which they are exposed.

He has written extensively on his blog, New Zealand Wealth and Risk, which can be found at

Sonnie is married to his wonderful wife Chrissy, and has two young children, Ben and Anna.