Q&As: 3 readers are upset about morality and student loan repayment strategies; Is it better to take advantage of the student loan repayment bonus, while it lasts?; Low retirement spending figures challenged.
Retirement spending puzzle solved. It was a question that got people thinking. Massey University senior lecturer Claire Matthews had just finished a presentation at the Workplace Savings NZ conference on how much people spend in retirement. “How come most of the spending totals for two-person households are more than twice the one-person totals?,” somebody asked.
Tax deductions: Not all they’re sometimes cracked up to be. A comment I overheard from a young man recently worried me. Talking about some kind of investment in race horses, and he said, “I put in $1000 a month. But I can deduct $800, so it’s hardly costing me anything.”
Q&As: The kids are off, the house is mortgage-free, now what?; Couple are disillusioned by pathetic returns on managed funds; What to do with a small KiwiSaver nestegg when it’s your only savings; Clarifying the rules about KiwiSaver withdrawal if you’ve moved overseas permanently.
Excerpt from Upside, Downside. This week we are publishing the second excerpt from a small book Mary Holm has written for the Reserve Bank called “Upside, downside: A guide to risk for savers and investors”. It will be given away free to the public in September. This column will tell you how to get a copy then. Today we look at examples of risky investor behaviour. The normal Q&A column will resume next week.