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Here’s what your KiwiSaver account could be worth after 35 years based on a 5 yr average sector return p.a. on sorted.org.nz
The 5 year returns shown are the average for each fund type from sorted.org.nz Fundfinder 01 April 2011 to 30 June 2016.
Assumptions are that Sarah is aged 30 on a salary of $55,000 p.a. and already has a KiwiSaver balance of $12,500. She remains employed and contributing 3% of her before tax pay until she reaches retirement at age 65. In her first year on $55,000 her 3% contributions will work out to $32 p.w. Her salary is assumed to grow by 3% p.a. Inflation is assumed to average 2% p.a. Her employer’s contributions are net of employer superannuation tax.
The graph does not reflect the prospective performance of the Generate KiwiSaver Scheme or of any Fund. The 5 year average returns are used for illustrative purposes only.
The returns are subject to investment and other risks (including potential losses). No returns are guaranteed or assured, and returns can at times be negative, particularly given the length of the investment period shown in the illustration. Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future performance and returns over different periods may differ.
Many people who have joined KiwiSaver were automatically put into a default fund. These default funds are intended by the Govt to be “parking spaces” before you work out the type of fund appropriate for you.
* “KiwiSaver investors far from informed” - stuff.co.nz December 2013.
Mercer KiwiSaver Sentiment Index study - Mercer May 2014.
In recent years up to $400m of KiwiSaver MTC’s has been left unclaimed.* It’s important you don’t miss out on this Govt contribution unnecessarily as over time it adds up to a big difference to your KiwiSaver account.
* ”KiwiSaver investors missing $400m” Stuff 17.09.14.
It is either 10.5%, 17.5% or 28% based on your income over the last 2 years.
If you are paying too much tax you are not eligible for a refund. However, if you are paying too little tax you are liable to pay the difference back to the Inland Revenue.
The fine print
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This survey has been prepared by Generate Investment Management Limited for general information only. I understand that neither the Manager nor the Trustee has represented or implied that any particular Fund or investment strategy is appropriate for my particular circumstances and has not provided me with either class advice or personalised advice.
A copy of the Product Disclosure Statement is available from an adviser or can be found at generatekiwisaver.co.nz.
The returns to members of the Scheme are subject to investment and other risks (including potential losses). No returns are guaranteed or assured, and returns can at times be negative, particularly given the length of the investment period. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Returns since inception should also be assessed.
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