Q&As: How 71-year-old renter could use her savings to supplement NZ Super; Reader dislikes ‘free government money’ and KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals; Nobody can predict the share market, so don’t try to time it; Info on KiwiSaver returns is available, but not a lot of use.
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?
Q&As: It’s great if you pay more tax than you get back; Why should I bother to save?, readers asks; How tax proposals would affect KiwiSaver — and rule of thumb for retirement spending; Reader thinks CGT should decrease the longer you hold an asset. A note about your questions about tax.
Q&As: Calling all KiwiSaver providers: Please let us know if you have plans to offer annuities or similar; Other payout possibilities for retired KiwiSavers; Couple who have returned to NZ but still own UK house should sell it, buy here and get on with enjoying life; Dwindling children’s KiwiSaver accounts possible but unlikely.
Wanted: better insurance against outliving our savings. Imagine you’re heading into retirement. You’ll get NZ Super, but you also have savings in KiwiSaver or elsewhere. You would like to spend that money over the rest of your life and leave the house to the kids. But — not knowing how long you will live — how can you decide how much to spend each year?
Excerpt from The Complete KiwiSaver: Which Assets Are for You? This week, Mary Holm’s Q&A column is replaced by an excerpt from her latest book, “The Complete KiwiSaver”. The principles she discusses here apply not just to KiwiSaver but to investing in general. Her Q&A column will resume next week.