Q&As: Should couple in their 40s splash out on an Italian holiday home?; How to invest savings 5 years before retirement; 3 rules of thumb on how much to spend in retirement …; … And how they apply to one couple.
Q&As: When having a separate savings account is not the best approach; Houses still cheap in Whanganui; Mt Albert reader offended by house price Q&A; KiwiSaver government contribution smaller in your first year; Provider says their fund is great for retirees; KiwiSaver withdrawals after 65 not instant.
Q&As: Help for woman whose husband did all the finances — and then left; Rent and hold, rent and sell, or stay put?; Reader points out fishhook in the idea of selling your home and renting in retirement; At least one bank gives KiwiSaver members the option of not seeing balance daily.
Setting financial priorities — Best thing to do with excess cash: the rule about repaying debt versus investing; Applying this to: credit card and other high-interest debt, mortgages, student loans; Top priority for all: repay credit card debt. Next priorities: If you don’t own a home; If you have a home with a mortgage; If you have a mortgage-free home.
Q&As: In these changing times, should I still recommend share investment for those with ten years before spending the money?; Another personal finance computer program — and it’s free; The advantages of using joint accounts, and of setting up enduring powers of attorney.