RNZ Radio

RNZ Radio 16 June 2022

Are KiwiSaver funds good value for money? If not, what should you do about it?

A listener asks about Financial Markets Authority report on KiwiSaver and other managed funds
– 3 key findings: impact of fees, wrong indexes, commissions paid
– KiwiSaver still worth being in because of government and employer contributions
– But go for low fees
– Funds with high returns often don’t stay good
– Is KiwiSaver best if contributing for grandchildren?

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RNZ Radio 2 June 2022

Listeners’ KiwiSaver worries

– Conservative funds are not low-risk
– Why funds with lots of bonds are losing value fast
– Don’t try to time markets by moving your money
– How to organize your KiwiSaver in retirement
– Is this a good time to invest more?

Reminder: Have you contributed enough to get maximum from the government?

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RNZ Radio 19 May 2022

Is rental property a good investment?

Listeners’ questions covering:
– Tax changes
– Politics
– Tenant issues
– Incentive to save by paying down debt
– Property managers
– The pluses and minuses of gearing — borrowing to invest

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RNZ Radio 5 May 2022

Listeners’ letters about KiwiSaver and inflation:
– Should you stop KiwiSaver contributions when your balance falls?
– Should you switch KiwiSaver provider in a down market?
– With inflation at 7%, do you need to earn 10.3% before tax to stand still?

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RNZ Radio 21 April 2022

Would-be first home buyers giving up, and turning to shares

Canstar Consumer Pulse Report 2022:
– Fewer potential first home buyers
– They think it will take longer to save a deposit
– Fewer stay with family while saving, and fewer expect family help with buying
– Meanwhile, share investing grows, especially among younger people

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RNZ Radio 7 April 2022

Some shocking results in survey on New Zealanders’ finances

Canstar Consumer Pulse Report 2022:
– More than half spend more than they earn — especially young
– 2/3 don’t have enough rainy day money
– Nearly ¼ don’t save anything
– Only 45% are debt-free, excluding mortgages

How you might change your habits.

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RNZ Radio 24 March 2022

What to do about the 2 big investment worries — inflation and wobbly sharemarkets
– Short term — who knows?
– Take the long-term view
– What we can learn from this

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RNZ Radio 10 March 2022

Why comparing returns on rental property and shares is tricky
– A recent example…
– … But borrowing (aka gearing or leveraging) changes comparisons
– The worst that can happen with an investment
– How geared rental property can go wrong
– What about your own home?
– Update from last time on my single shareholding

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RNZ Radio 24 February 2022

Dividend reinvestment — how to grow your shareholdings painlessly:
– Mercury Energy has just started a plan — why I signed up
– Other companies that offer them, and a couple that don’t
– Why take part? Costs, convenience, dollar cost averaging
– When not to: Use dividends for income, concentration of shareholdings

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RNZ Radio 10 February 2022

Why EVERYONE should be in KiwiSaver, and how to do KiwiSaver best
– Why it’s very hard to beat
– Not contributing?
– Works well for over 65s
– Check “Getting a KS WOF” here. Get it right and then you can leave it alone for years
– Default funds now very attractive
– KiwiSaver for children

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