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KiwiSaver belongs to the KiwiSavers

Half a million KiwiSaver members will have access to over $36 billion of accumulated savings over the next 15 years. Research by New Zealand Income Guarantee Limited (NZIG) in conjunction with actuarial consultants Melville Jessup Weaver (WJ) forecasts how individual KiwiSaver accounts will grow over the next 15 years.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014, 11:00AM

by Ralph Stewart

Account balances vary according to the earnings and priorities of the individual KiwiSaver. Those who joined KiwiSaver in 2007, earning on average less than $30,000 each year and now aged 65 are forecast to have a balance of $6,514 today, a KiwiSaver who has been earning more than $120,000 each year can expect to have a balance of $63,327 today.

KiwiSavers who joined the scheme in 2007 and turn 65 in 2028 can expect to retire with a substantial sum. Those earning $30,000 pa or less, $37,679 and those earning over $120,000 pa, $326,431.

KiwiSavers became eligible to withdraw their funds form the scheme in 2013 with over 70,000 people now free to spend their savings. A recent Retirement Commission survey found that, of the more than 70,000 KiwiSavers who’ve become eligible to withdraw their funds since 2013, around one third have cashed up and spent some of their savings on holidays, cars and home improvements.

New Zealand Income Guarantee (NZIG), a new company, is developing a retirement income product that replaces the old style annuity products, where investors lost control of their capital, experienced high fees and often received low returns. Managing director Ralph Stewart said;

“The product will be tailored to meet retirement needs and aspirations. It will allow investors aged 65 or older to remain in KiwiSaver style funds, have access to their capital at all times, and receive a minimum guaranteed annual income for life.

We have talked with people from all walks of life who are either approaching or already retired about how they will manage the transition from paid employment to managing their own income in retirement.

Their messages were very clear; 

  • Decisions over how retirement savings are to be spent belong to the saver, not the Government;
  • Additional regular income to supplement NZ Super is important
  • People worry about outliving their savings.

The attitudes of New Zealand investors are similar to those of other OECD countries Stewart said.

“We have been working in the US and Japan to understand how retirement income products have developed to meet similar consumer demand in those countries. It is clearly possible to develop products that allow retirement investors to maintain control of their capital at all times and receive a tax effective regular income that exceeds those of traditional bank term deposits.”

Ralph Stewart is a director of NZ Income.

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