Q&As: How to tell if you’re on track with your KiwiSaver savings; Reader is saving too much, spending too little on fun; Even conservative KiwiSaver funds go negative sometimes; Allowances paid to employees not included in KiwiSaver contributions.
Coping with a falling KiwiSaver balance: What share market declines do and don’t mean; How much does a drop in shares affect KiwiSaver and other investors?; What you should do; Another way your balance could fall — interest rate changes.
Bonds — Most of us are in them. How safe are they?: What are bonds?; A key investment in many KiwiSaver funds; A worried listener’s letter; Two types of risk — and how to cope with them. For a brief explanation of credit ratings: tinyurl.com/CreditNZ.
Q&As: Couple should try share investing, despite the ’87 crash; Current interest rates not too bad, because inflation is so low; Should family move once or twice?; A reader’s suggestions for last week’s couple not all that helpful.
KiwiSaver performance, and timing markets: When should we take note of KiwiSaver performance?; What’s happened since KiwiSaver started; Why shares always do best over long periods; Why timing markets doesn’t work; What to do about that.
Two key points about investing: 1. What should you invest in? — How to work out the right assets for you; Taking the easy way out. 2. Why diversify — and how? — Lots of shares, bonds, properties; Spreading over different types of assets.