Changes to KiwiSaver — more contribution choices, 65-plusers welcomed, action needed! April 1 changes: new contribution rates, shorter contributions holidays, new names; July 1 changes: over 65s can join, 5-year lock-in ends; Action now!: 60–64-year-olds should join fast, everyone should get $1042 into their account; Should you contribute more to KiwiSaver?
Playing with numbers. 1. Dollar cost averaging: How it gives you bargains; Does it work if you have a lump sum? 2. Rule of 72: How long for an investment to double?; If investment has doubled, what was your return? 3. 40 years in KiwiSaver: 3 times as much in high-risk fund; 1.5 times as much with lowest fees.
An important message for everyone in KiwiSaver. Mary answers listeners’ questions on: Whether to switch funds when your balance falls; Whether to move KiwiSaver money to term deposits in retirement; How the self-employed can make the most of KiwiSaver; How to tell if your fund is low or high-risk.
Winning questions. The best 5 listeners’ questions are answered on air, and the questioners receive a copy of Mary’s new book. Their questions cover: Is house out of reach for couple in their 30s?; Ways to get value from your house in retirement; Which debt should you pay off first?; Couple worry about investing in Auckland apartment; How a beneficiary should handle an inheritance.
Sorting your finances step by step. Based on Mary’s new book “Rich Enough? A laid-back guide for every Kiwi”: Why it’s best to do it in steps. Why the steps are in this order. What the steps cover: Step 1. Start now — it’s easy; Step 2. Kill off high-interest debt; Step 3. Set up insurance — and a rainy day fund; Step 4. Join the best KiwiSaver fund for you; Step 5. Boost your saving painlessly — how and where; Step 6. Stay cool; Step 7. Head confidently towards retirement — and through it; Step ? (when it’s the right time for you — if ever): Buy a house, or sell one.