Saving & Investing in New Zealand
Many of the "experts" say New Zealand has a low savings rate. State welfare has traditionally been
blamed for undermining private savings rates.
Similarly the ability to borrow to invest in residential property and the subsequent tax effectiveness that can be generated from this have made the traditional savings pathways of bank deposits & super schemes look very second rate.
The savings landscape has been changed by the introduction of KiwiSaver and the inducements the Government is offering to people who join up.
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Workplace Superannuation Schemes
Recent Governments have added incentives not to save such as workplace superannuation and the Cullen Fund. The message the latter send is a very loud "don't worry we'll look after you" - so rational but ill-informed households dont worry and their savings rate plunges.
UK Pension Transfer
Transferring your pension from the UK can give a worthwhile end result, but there are a number of traps for the unwary. Many operations and advisors do not point out these traps because they are more interested in the fees they generate rather than giving you advice that benefits you. GO HERE TO GET THE PENSION TRANSFER GUIDE.
The Best Way to Save
I believe it is important that you save on a regular basis, and the ideal savings vehicle has the following features:
- Can be set to happen automatically, no "budgeting" required.
- Is low risk, but pays a top rate of return and compounds regularly.
- Is not affected by the ups and downs of the share market.
- Is easy to get your funds out - no "lock-in" requirement.
TAKE CARE WITH BOND FUNDS
Fixed income is supposed to be a conservative strategy for generating income.
And I always suggest that it is done by owning some individual bonds . You can even make a profit in addition to your income if you buy the bonds cheaply.
An important point to understand is that bond funds aren’t the same as individual bonds.
When interest rates go higher, bond prices head lower. If you own an individual bond and are planning to hold it until maturity, it doesn’t matter.
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