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Working within the rules

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"Quiz your average KiwiSaver scheme member on their balance and you're likely to be greeted by blank stares. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to investor ignorance".

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KiwiSaver schemes' members losing out in default funds

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"Thousands of people are in the wrong kinds of fund and are therefore forgoing a good slice of their retirement savings. In some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake."

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KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy - Changes from Oct 2013

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The Government has announced changes to the KiwiSaver Deposit Subsidy that will come into effect on 1 October this year.

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Changes to the KiwiSaver Scheme First Home Subsidy

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"The Government announced changes to the KiwiSaver Scheme First Home Subsidy that took effect on 1 October 2013. The changes included new house price caps (house caps), new income caps, and a 10 percent deposit."

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Generate KiwiSaver Funds ranked first for services again by Sorted!

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For the second time in a row we have been rated the highest for services out of all KiwiSaver Funds by the Sorted.co.nz KiwiSaver Fund Finder

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KiwiSaver schemes' members paying high price for caution

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"The latest Reserve Bank managed fund statistics reinforce two important features of our investment markets. The first is that New Zealand investors, particularly KiwiSaver members, are extremely conservative, and the second is that the small size of the domestic sharemarket is forcing more and more money overseas."

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KiwiSaver intricacies a mystery to many

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"The majority of New Zealanders do not fully understand KiwiSaver especially when it comes to switching jobs, tax rates and the Government's annual contribution. A new survey has found low levels of understanding about certain aspects of the KiwiSaver retirement savings scheme". According to the survey three in five people were unaware of the Government's Member tax credit benefit.

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Mary Holm: Ratings help sort wheat from chaff

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Q: So how would you go about sorting the wheat from the chaff in the current climate? A: "My suggestion — keeping things simple — is to invest in higher-risk KiwiSaver funds. They give wide diversification and tend to be monitored by the Government more closely than other investments."

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Pick up your big five hundy this year

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"Did you know that for every dollar you put in to KiwiSaver, the Government adds 50 cents - up to $521 each year? Yep, a big five hundy. If you're not on to it - and a recent survey showed three out of five people didn't know they could get $521 - you may be leaving money on the table."

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Why you should start saving for retirement at 25

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"The longer you wait to start saving for retirement, the more you miss out on the benefits of the incredible power of compound interest."

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