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Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Despite recent market volatility most KiwiSavers should be happy with their investment. Now is not the time to be cutting and running or you will miss the benefits of long term investing.

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In the past few days equity markets have tumbled worldwide. A major correction is underway in both the bond and stock markets. Reading the headlines will make anyone nervous about what is ahead for investors. If you are a KiwiSaver you may well be wondering what to do, too. As Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell says, "KiwiSaver is a long game that will have bumpy patches, but will pay off in the end and make a huge difference to your retirement.” Read more here.

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Markets are volatile, don't worry focus on the long term

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Share markets are having a rough October - which has been a tricky month for investors historically. Readers of our newsletters will know we have been expecting a volatile year and have been positioned more defensively than usual as a result. We would like to remind our members that KiwiSaver is a long term investment and we would recommend staying the course through this volatility and not making any changes to their fund selection because of it. In the long term shares will outperform bonds - but at the end of the day the decision is yours. Here is an article from the last market drop in February that is still just as true today.

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Tiffany Xu

Tiffany Xu

Study sheds light on KiwiSaver 'don't knows'

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The latest Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) survey for the World Investor Week, highlights 28% of those surveyed did not know whether their fund was in the conservative, balanced or growth categories. This equates to an estimated 800,000 KiwiSaver members. Further to this, the survey also suggested that 10% were unaware of the annual Member Tax Credit (Government Contribution) of $521.43 that some member's may potentially be eligible for.

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Generate issues Responsible Investment Policy and becomes a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

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We have formalised how we take into consideration environmental, social and governance issues in our investment making decision process. We have also committed to being a Signatory to the UNPRI. See our full policy here.

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Carl Pheasant

Carl Pheasant

Janine Starks: Choosing the right KiwiSaver fund can earn you an extra $1.4m in savings

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Janine Starks: "Imagine four colleagues who sit next to each other for 30 years in the same job. They live in the same size houses of the same value and have very similar lives. Each diligently squirrels away $5000 a year into a KiwiSaver fund. Would you assume they'd have similar retirements? The answer will shock you."

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Getting KiwiSaver right from the start

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Many people in KiwiSaver schemes don't get the basics right, says Henry Tongue, chief executive of KiwiSaver provider Generate. While their mistakes can seem small today, compound interest means they snowball over the decades. In the long run, they can make a huge difference to your retirement income.

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Generate

Generate

What happens to your KiwiSaver in a divorce?

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"I'm 30 and separating from my partner of five years. So far, we have been able to agree on the details of the split ourselves. Is it true that our KiwiSavers need to be split between us? And how do you actually do this? I've chosen to contribute more to my KiwiSaver, whereas my partner is more of a spender, so I'm hoping she won't insist on taking some of mine..." For more explaination, read more here

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Piling up: New Zealanders now have more than $50 billion invested in KiwiSaver

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New Zealanders have collectively got more than $50 billion in their KiwiSaver accounts - 11 years after the scheme was first launched. Figures from actuarial research firm Strategic Insight show the amount of money in the retirement savings scheme rose 4.8 per cent between March 31 and June 30 from $48.5 billion to $50.8 billion. A billion dollars flowed into KiwiSaver over the quarter from contributions while a further $1.3 billion came in from investment earnings and transfers from outside of KiwiSaver. The biggest growth came from KiwiSaver provider Generate, which saw its funds under manag...

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Tiffany Xu

Tiffany Xu

Good to see positive steps taken by officials on this issue

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Officials have been asked to look into whether there should be a law change to enable people with certain disabilities to access their KiwiSaver early.

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Carl Pheasant

Carl Pheasant

Top Performances from Generate

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Morningstar's latest KiwiSaver survey, to June 30, showed returns bounced back after a tough start to the year. Read more here

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