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Nicola Hines

Nicola Hines

KiwiSaver guidelines needed

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Recent media reports could give the impression that KiwiSaver has major problems, particularly fee gouging and illegal investment strategies. KiwiSaver should be subject to media scrutiny but most of the recent commentary has been sensationalist and misguided. The retirement savings initiative has been a huge success, partly because individuals have personally contributed only $13.7 billion to a scheme that is now worth $35.1b according to Reserve Bank figures.

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Sam Gapes

Sam Gapes

Why are KiwiSavers saying no to money?

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Figures from the Inland Revenue department show 579,832 adults did not receive any government subsidy in the year to June 30 meaning they put no money into their account. A further 609,141 put in some money but not enough to gain the full subsidy meaning they contributed less than $1043 over the year.

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Generate

Generate

Generate’s New Product Disclosure Statement

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We have recently lodged a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) on the Disclose Register, which you can view here: www.business.govt.nz/disclose. As part of transitioning to the Financial Markets Conduct Act this PDS will replace our current Investment Statement from 8 September 2016. Members will receive more information about this in the near future. Kind regards, The Generate Team

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Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Wonderfully Flawed

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Many more of us should be getting the $521 each year that we're entitled to if we put in $1,043 ourselves. Over the next year that works out to putting in a bit more than $20 a week in order to get $10 on top of that. Those of us who do this regularly - such as anyone earning at least $34,762 a year and putting in the minimum 3% - are already getting the government money. Nothing more to do. But if we're on a contributions holiday, or if we're in part-time work or self-employed, we could miss out.

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Estating case for getting HomeStart Grant

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Lawyer Therese Singleton, AMP's general manager of insurance and investments, says an estate in land includes bare land (upon which to build) or a land and building. "A KiwiSaver first-home withdrawal can be used to purchase either," she says.

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Sam Goldwater

Sam Goldwater

Brian Gaynor: KiwiSavers throw away thousands of dollars

Posted in Kiwisaver, Savings on

The latest KiwiSaver data clearly shows that the scheme has been a phenomenal success with one notable exception: a large number of scheme members are receiving no advice or poor direction and are in the wrong funds. As a consequence, these investors are throwing away tens of thousands of dollars of potential retirement savings.

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Henry Tongue

Henry Tongue

Generate KiwiSaver Scheme Investment Provider of Year

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The Generate KiwiSaver Scheme has been awarded Investment Provider of the Year for the second year running. At the Professional Advisers Association Excellence Awards held yesterday the Generate KiwiSaver Scheme won the Investment Provider of the Year for the second year running. Advisers were asked to rate investment providers, not only on performance but also on the quality of communications and investment statements, services and education to clients, and support to advisers.

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Sam Gapes

Sam Gapes

Young people limiting retirement savings by choosing wrong funds

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Are you short-changing yourself of hundreds of thousands of dollars? Many KiwiSaver members have been troubled to see their balances take a hit over the past week, amid international share market volatility. But some are still unaware that their balances are being eroded much more seriously by something that is completely under their control: Being in the wrong type of fund. It is a problem that is particularly bad for KiwiSaver's youngest members, who could miss out on significant sums over their lifetimes.

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Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Magellan Asset Management - Brexit Update

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Hamish Douglass discusses his thoughts around the Brexit development in a video update.

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Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Platinum Asset Management - Brexit Commentary

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The decision by the British people to withdraw from the European Union (EU) took markets by surprise. Yet, it did not occur in a vacuum. Britain's vote to leave the EU needs to be seen in the context of a confluence of global social and economic trends.

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