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Carl Pheasant

Carl Pheasant

Rather than focusing on the flaws of individuals, governments might do better to explore their own behavioural biases towards retirement savings

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There is no shortage of opinion pieces or expert commentary making the case that Kiwis are financially illiterate. Apparently we’re not good with savings, we don’t plan for the future, and we do not take even simple actions (like switching out of our default KiwiSaver funds) to optimise our future financial security. But are individuals wholly to blame?

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Plague of financial insecurity, and those unwilling to be victims to it

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Eight in 10 people believed it was "up to them" to pay for their retirement, Mercer reported in a global survey on "The New Imperative for Financial Security". Half of people surveyed believed they were solely responsible, believing governments would not be able to pay living pensions as populations in the developed world aged. And Mercer found what appeared to be a willingness by the majority of people to do more to give themselves a rosier financial future.

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Sam Goldwater

Sam Goldwater

Generate #1 performance in two categories for 2017

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The latest KiwiSaver survey for calendar year 2017 shows the following fantastic results for the Generate Funds: * The Generate Focused Growth Fund's return was 1st for calendar year 2017 in the KiwiSaver Aggressive category with an after-fee return of 23.9%. * The Generate Growth Fund's return was 1st for calendar year 2017 in the KiwiSaver Growth category with an after-fee return of 19.1%.

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Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Retirees rely on state pension as savings run out

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Most retirees will use up their savings in just 10 years and rely solely on the state pension after that, a new research suggests. More than two-thirds of retirement-age Kiwis surveyed in Financial Services (FSC) Council research felt they would not have enough income to live comfortably. Retirees, on average, expected to have $218 less to spend each week than what they think they would need. The gap was even wider for those still paying off a mortgage or renting.

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Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Theres almost no chance young investors will lose money over 40 years

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Many people — especially young people — avoid the stock market because they fear risk. But that fear may be misplaced, according to a recent investment risk analysis performed by personal finance website NerdWallet.

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Weini Winslow

Weini Winslow

Janine Starks: A million-dollar reason to change funds

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I'd do anything for love. Would you? Then get your kids out of KiwiSaver default funds. You've guided them into signing up. Tick. You've got them putting in the maximum they can afford. Tick. But you've got no idea what sort of fund they should be in. Two out of three aint bad? Well it might be okay if you're Meatloaf, but it falls short when it comes to investment. A million dollars short for some.

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Nicola Hines

Nicola Hines

Can you afford to retire without a house?

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For decades, the path to a comfortable retirement for middle-income Kiwis had three key steps: buy a house, pay it off before retiring, and save hard for as long as possible to amass a decent nest egg. But soaring home prices are making it harder to get on the property ladder, putting at risk the first step in that well-trod plan.

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

1 in 3 Americans have $0 saved for retirement

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Saving for retirement is not an area of financial strength for Americans. Too often, meeting the financial demands of today means delaying, diminishing or simply never starting to save for tomorrow. “There are plenty of obstacles Americans claim are in their way when it comes to saving for retirement: credit card debt, student loan debt, low wages, the need to save for a child’s college education, and the list goes on,” said Cameron Huddleston, Life + Money columnist for GOBankingRates. “Although all of these things can put a strain on our budgets, they don’t necessarily make it impossible to save for retirement.”

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Ancient Greek money lessons

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OPINION: Let me tell you a story about an ancient Greek hero who can help you get richer. It's Ulysses, a kind of Greek Maui, though without Maui's ambition, and with a much worse sense of direction. Ulysses was one of the Greeks who destroyed the ancient city of Troy, and then got hopelessly lost sailing home.

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Want to have a comfortable retirement? Here's how

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Retirement - whether it's at 65, 67 or some other age entirely - probably seems a long way off. But if you can get on track now, your future self will thank you for it. Here's how to get sorted for retirement in five easy(ish) steps.

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