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  • Published: 26 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742287447
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Letters to Aston



'Live like you might die tomorrow; invest like you will live forever.' Investment master Martin Hawes passes on the most important lessons he has learned during his lifetime of investing in a series of letters to his young grandson Aston. Inspired by the belief that everyone can become wealthy and improve their financial position if they understand and apply the basic principles of investing, Martin wanted to ensure his grandson gained this knowledge, even if Martin was no longer there to impart it in person. Can you time the market? When should you buy your first property? Is debt always a bad thing? How do you know what shares to invest in? Why invest anyway? Martin's advice is timeless and contains investment gems that will resonate with everyone at different stages of their lives.  Letters to Aston is a book that will stay on your shelf for a long time, and one you will give your children (and grandchildren) to read.

  • Published: 26 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742287447
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Martin Hawes

Martin Hawes is New Zealand’s most widely-known and trusted finance adviser and writer, whose many successful financial and investment books are written for the layperson.

His book Family Trusts has sold well over 120,000 copies. He is a popular media figure, seminar presenter and keynote speaker. An authorised financial adviser, Martin and his partner, Joan Baker, run wealth coaching for individuals and couples.

In addition, he holds a small number of independent, non-executive directorships. He has previously written for the National Business Review, The New Zealand Listener, the Accountants' Journal, North & South, The New Zealand Herald and the Herald on Sunday.

See his personal website at www.martinhawes.com.

Martin’s bestselling books encompass long-term life planning, maximising financial potential in the earning years, and knowing the ins and outs of the various players and products of the finance industry. Down-to-earth advice is illustrated by practical example, in helping Baby Boomers and future generations prepare for financially secure and personally enriched retirement years.

Amanda Morrell, writing for interest.co.nz, praised Hawes’s direct and accessible approach, writing: ‘As a book geared to general audiences, you won't find the usual financial jargon and intimidating equations for wealth creation. Instead, Hawes works with the basics and impresses upon readers the importance of the building blocks as a means to reaching one's goals.’

Martin’s titles include: Letters to Aston — lessons learned from a lifetime of investment; Investing for Twenty Good Summers; The School of Home Truths; Financial Secrets: The Guide to Everyday Finances; Shares — seven ways to beat the market; Eight Secrets of Investment Success; Five Ways to Save More Money on Your Mortgage; Successful Super — your money life-line to financial freedom; Save Money on Your Mortgage; Property Investment — a strategy for success; Family Trusts — a New Zealand guide; The NZ Investment Guide; and The Money Map.

Martin lives in Christchurch.

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