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Planning For Retirement

Your retirement years are around a third of your adult life and it’s worth planning ahead to make sure they are the best years of your life. Approaching retirement age is a bit like running up to the finishing line after a marathon race. A big spurt of effort is needed just at a time […]

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Age Gap

Dealing with an Age or Health Gap

Retirement planning is not easy, and it’s made even harder when there is a significant difference in age or health status between two partners in retirement. It is not uncommon to have an age gap of ten or more years, or for one partner to have a life-threatening or debilitating illness. In these cases, the […]

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Have Your Cake

Why Retirees Needn’t Be Conservative Investors

Conventional wisdom says that once you are retired you shouldn’t take risks with your money. That’s good advice, however it doesn’t mean you need to be a ‘conservative’ investor. It simply means that if you invest in assets such as shares and property which have a high return but high volatility, you need strategies for […]

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Transition

Transition to Retirement

Compulsory retirement ended in New Zealand in 1999, and since then, the percentage of people over the age of 65 who are working has rapidly increased. It is estimated that 27% of men and 17% of women aged 65 or more are working – some through choice and some because they cannot afford to retire. […]

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Housing Related Poverty

Older People in Housing-related Poverty

The Government has recently released its report ‘Stocktake of New Zealand Housing’ which looks at homelessness and housing-related poverty. Undertaken by a team of independent experts, this report brings into the open the consequences of falling home ownership. A significant cause is the under-supply of housing; the number of houses being built has fallen behind […]

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Four Pillars

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 […]

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Underspending

Avoid Underspending in Retirement

One of the biggest mistakes retirees make is to underspend in their retirement. Retirement is full of uncertainties, so the safest strategy is to spend as little as possible. There is nothing wrong with that approach if you don’t mind going without for the benefit of your children. However, most retirees these days are happy […]

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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 […]

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Happy-Retirement

The Simplest Strategy for Retiring Early

Getting to a financial position where early retirement is a real possibility is not as difficult as it may seem. There are three key ingredients to being able to retire early; spending less, saving more and starting to invest as soon as possible. What makes early retirement simple is that there is a logical connection […]

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Countdown to Retirement

The last few years before you stop working are crucial for setting yourself up for a fantastic retirement. They need careful planning to achieve your goals. Of course, with more people now working past the age of 65 it is not always possible to plan towards a specific retirement date. Here are the most important […]

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Extraordinary Retirement

An Extraordinary Retirement

Your retirement years should be the best years of your life. With life expectancy increasing, the average person can expect to live to around 90, so retiring at 65 means you will spend over a quarter of your life not working. You can choose for that period of life to be ordinary; or you can […]

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Health Insurance for Retirees

Health Insurance for Retirees

Health Insurance for Retirees Health insurance is a popular product, with around 30% of the population having cover, often through a workplace scheme. However, there is a high cancellation rate amongst retirees due to the big increase in premiums as you get older. After paying premiums for some years, often without a claim, is it […]

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