We’ve rounded up some common financial jargon that makes people think: WTFinance does this really mean?!

Te reo Māori version

Car loan

The privilege of paying more and more for something that’s worth less and less!

Credit score

A score for you based on how well you’ve paid bills or repaid loans in the past. If you’re a high scorer, you’ll get the best loan deals.

Interest

The cost of using other people’s money. Stay on its good side.

Gross vs net pay

What you earn (gross) and what you’re left with (net). 

Wage assistance

When your employer can’t pay you because of COVID-19, so the government chips in to cover the difference.

Saving

It’s not about getting a bargain. It’s about setting aside money for your future goals. 

Compound interest

When interest earns its own interest, supercharging your savings.

Government contribution

You can get up to $521 every year from the government, just for putting money into your KiwiSaver.

KiwiSaver rollercoaster

When balances fall and you want to switch out of your fund – but it’s a bad idea to try to get off the rollercoaster midway.

Returns

What you get back in your pocket from investing.

Fees

Cheeky hidden costs that blow out the real price of stuff. 

KiwiSaver hardship

Tapping your KiwiSaver fund to tide you over in the short term. It’s a last resort, since it hits your long-term prospects.

Net worth

What you own minus what you owe. It’s the way to really tell if you’re getting ahead moneywise.

Repayment holiday

Pressing pause on your loans for now, although they end up costing you more in interest. So this kind of holiday is best kept as short as possible.

Mortgage holiday

Getting a break from repaying your mortgage, but the interest keeps adding up all the same.

Stuck on some finance jargon?

Find more helpful explanations in the Sorted glossary.

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Meriana Taputu

1:58pm | 17 Sep 2020

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