The Retirement Income Gap

  The latest Retirement Expenditure Guidelines report published by Massey University paints a sobering picture. Using data from the Department of Statistics, the report looks at spending in retiree households and found that of the households considered, all are spending more than NZ Superannuation. How much more depends on where you live and how frugal […]

The Four Pillars of Retirement Income

There are several different ways to generate cash from an investment portfolio to top up your retirement income. Many retirees make the mistake of confusing cash with income and this leads them to invest in interest-bearing investments such as bonds and term deposits to supplement their superannuation. Yet interest is only one of the ‘four […]

Two Questions Every Retiree Must Ask

With a bit of luck and hard work, you will arrive at retirement with a pot of money to supplement your income from NZ Superannuation and allow you to live comfortably. The problem is, so many uncertainties lie ahead. How long will you live? How much money will you need? What will your investment returns […]

The Three Bucket Approach to Retirement

The Three Bucket Approach to Retirement How best to get income from investments in retirement is a problem that has many possible solutions. The return on an investment portfolio is a combination of income (interest or dividends) and capital gain (the increase in the value of the investments over time). The disadvantage of income-producing investments […]

Why Retirees Shouldn’t Invest in Property

Why Retirees Shouldn’t Invest in Property Investing in property is a popular means of building wealth for retirement. Typically, keen property investors will build a portfolio of properties using borrowed funds in the expectation that the increase in value of the properties over time will allow them to sell off one or two at retirement […]

Retiring on KiwiSaver

Retiring on KiwiSaver A KiwiSaver milestone will be reached in July this year, five years after KiwiSaver was first introduced. When a KiwiSaver member reaches the official age of retirement (currently 65) and has been in the fund for a minimum of five years they can choose to withdraw their funds or leave them invested […]

Don’t Just Retire: Reformat!

Dont’ Retire: Reformat! The word ‘retirement’ conjures up a range of confusing or even contradictory feelings for people these days. Once upon a time, retirement was a defined day, usually marked by a birthday, after which any form of paid employment ceased immediately. A combination of factors, including the end of compulsory retirement and increased […]