Each week, BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald’s Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it’s a live event where three women share their experiences of investing in the sharemarket. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Money itself isn’t important, but it can impact everything that is.

It’s a saying that’s been rattling around my head since we did a series of live events around the country as part of the Cooking the Books podcast.

I already knew why money was important to me. To me, it’s freedom, the freedom to leave any situation that isn’t working for me anymore, whether that’s work, relationship, or living situation.

It’s also the ability to take care of those I care about. I want to have good quality food in the house, to encourage new interests from my son even if there’s a cost, and to treat my friends on their birthday. 

A fat bank account isn’t that interesting. But freedom is, and freedom often takes money. 

While the high cost of living and a soaring housing market has left many feeling squeezed, I still see the sharemarket as an area more open to people creating this type of freedom for themselves. 

There’s the ability to start with whatever money you have at the moment, whether that’s $1 or $100. 

Then money goes to work, creating more stability than just relying on a job and earning more than a bank account does. 

For the latest episode of the podcast, three women who’ve been there and done that shared their stories of creating their financial freedom through the sharemarket. 

For the interview, listen to the podcast here.

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Listen to the full interview on the Cooking the Books podcast. You can subscribe on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.