My favourite articles of 2019

3 January 2020

I love writing on this blog. If I had all the time and money in the world, I’d create a lot more content. I’d probably become insufferable.

Although I like all of the articles I publish, some have a closer place in my heart than others.

Sometimes it’s because I think an article has an especially important message. Sometimes, it’s because they are the articles I spent the most time writing (and living with). In other cases, it’s because I feel like I’ve managed to articulate something that I hadn’t previously been able to put into words. Sometimes, it’s because I had a lot of fun (eg “Money with Ben”).

For whatever reason, the articles below have a special place in my heart. If you haven’t read them, I encourage you to give them some time.


How money misconceptions can put your life into hard mode


“Money with Ben” – financial lessons from a 6-year-old


How to flawcast your financial future


The myopia of compound interest


You’ll never have the “right” amount of insurance (but don’t let that stop you)


Stop complicating your financial affairs!


Questions I ask clients (and why I’m not afraid of roboadvice)


How much buffer do you need? (Or: four things I agonise over when providing financial advice)


The minefield of ethical investing


How to predict the future


The last safe investment is YOU


The most important assets can’t be found on a balance sheet. (An ode to resourcefulness)


I look forward to writing many more articles in 2020!


About the author 

Sonnie Bailey

In his spare time, Sonnie likes telling people that he’s a former Olympic power walker, a lion tamer, or that he is an orthodontist. He is none of those things. In reality, Sonnie is a financial planner based in Christchurch. Through his business, Fairhaven Wealth (www.fairhavenwealth.co.nz), he provides independent, advice-only, fixed-fee financial planning services. Sonnie is a “recovering lawyer”: he has specialised in trusts and personal client work. He has also worked as a financial services lawyer for many years.

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