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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Generate ranks 1st, 1st and 3rd for 2018

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The latest Morningstar KiwiSaver Survey has been released. While 2018 was a volatile year for KiwiSaver funds, all three Generate funds performed very strongly versus the competition. Ranking 1st, 1st and 3rd in their respective categories for 2018 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd over the past five years. As a New Zealand owned and operated KiwiSaver specialist we are delighted to have achieved these results for our members. The results are measured on a net return after fees are paid basis. This means not only great relative performance but - importantly - excellent value for money.

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Carl Pheasant

Carl Pheasant

Generate KiwiSaver continues strong performances despite volatile 2018

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While 2018 was a volatile year for KiwiSaver funds, all three Generate funds performed strongly versus the competition over the year and the past five years, according to leading investment research provider Morningstar.

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Nicola Hines

Nicola Hines

Brian Gaynor: "Why Aussies are winning the retirement race"

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A major Australian Productivity Commission report on superannuation presents an opportunity to compare retirement savings on both sides of the Tasman. Unfortunately, the comparisons are not flattering — New Zealanders have private superannuation assets of only $17,100 per capita compared with A$111,300 ($118,400) per capita in Australia. Why do New Zealanders have significantly less retirement assets than Australians and how can we reduce this massive gap?

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

New survey shows 62 per cent of Kiwis think they need to be saving more

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A new survey shows 62 per cent of Kiwis believe they need to be saving more than they are with 56 per cent of those above 60 saying they don't have enough saved. "We don't know how long we are going to live, when we are going to retire and what our work life is going to look like so this is where good planning comes into it."

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Generate

Generate

How can you know your KiwiSaver money is safe?

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New Zealand KiwiSaver balances are growing. If you've got an increasingly sizeable chunk sitting in your account, you might wonder how safe that money is. Part of that licensing process requires fund managers to have client money held by a third party. "The assets of all the KiwiSaver schemes are held in trust, meaning the assets are not directly owned by the provider itself," Mulholand said.

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Sam Goldwater

Sam Goldwater

Where in the world is your KiwiSaver?

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Taking a tour of the investments made by your KiwiSaver fund is like taking a tour of the world. Falls in international sharemarkets are teaching KiwiSaver that their retirement savings aren't invested entirely in bank term deposits. A decade after launch, KiwiSaver appears to still be a bit of a mystery to many people putting money into it from their pay packets. A large chunk of KiwiSaver money is invested in company shares, and in interest-paying bonds, here in New Zealand. But more than half of KiwiSaver money heads overseas giving KiwiSavers stakes in some of the world's largest, most successful companies.

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Carl Pheasant

Carl Pheasant

KiwiSaver: Doing it wrong like throwing away a winning Lotto ticket

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Being in the wrong KiwiSaver scheme has been compared to throwing away a first division-winning Lotto ticket. More than 400,000 Kiwis continue to invest in default KiwiSaver funds, which are more conservative. They're much less likely to lose money when the market tanks, but the long-term returns are generally lower than more aggressive schemes.

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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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