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How to manage your retirement funds in uncertain times

With lacklustre local stock returns, questions about the creditworthiness of government debt and record-high offshore markets, those close to retirement may be left with daunting choices. Amanda Visser spoke to retirement specialists on behalf of FINWEEK about the options. [Subscription required]


Are guaranteed annuities tailor-made for today’s investors?

With guaranteed or life annuities regaining traction with investors, there is still a misconception that they are a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Product Actuary Twane Wessels explains how annuities have evolved. This article was first published in the October edition of FA NEWS


Retirement feature: Don’t rush investment decisions in times of uncertainty (radio interview)

Bjorn Ladewig, Longevity Actuary chats to Michael Avery on Classic Business about how your approach to retirement should be the same regardless of market conditions. Bjorn provides an explanation on some of the practical solutions available to protect your retirement income for life, and maintain some flexibility [audio].


Secure Your Retirement

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Bruce Cameron, retired editor of Personal Finance about his new co-authored book “Secure Your Retirement”. The book unpacks the challenges facing pensioners, and explains how to avoid the pitfalls that cause pensioners to run out of money [audio].


How to secure your golden years and not put your pension in peril

Bruce Cameron and Wouter Fourie CFP® joined BUSINESS MAVERICK journalist Ruan Jooste to discuss the challenges facing retirees and their options. Both financial planning experts say they are in favour of the new generation of hybrid [blended] annuity products, which marry the best of traditional life assurance annuity products with a living annuity.


Navigating annuities: making it easier to choose best pension plan

Business Day covers how blended annuities provide the certainty of a life annuity and the flexibility of a living annuity and allows you to 'top up' the life annuity within the living annuity later in life should your income needs increase. 


With profit annuities: a good alternative investment strategy for retirees

While it is important to consider expected income growth over a long-term investment horizon, the annuity conversation generally starts with: How much monthly income can I secure?


Benefits of Blending

With the cost of living constantly increasing, it’s very tempting to increase your drawdown rate when your anniversary rolls around. However, this can be very detrimental to your overall financial well-being. Read more on EBnet


A woman’s perspective on longevity

Product Actuary Twané Wessels says that women underestimate their longevity, with research highlighting a disparity of 5-7 years between actual versus expected life expectancy. What’s more, despite the probability of living longer and outliving their male counterparts, fewer females tend to do adequate financial planning to ensure a comfortable and sustainable retirement. Read the full article on IOL PERSONAL FINANCE


What to look for in an annuity product

Just SA’s Bjorn Ladewig discusses choosing an annuity product at retirement with Simon Brown on MONEYWEBNOW [Audio at 13m30s] 


The long and short of longevity: a woman’s perspective

Just's Twane Wessels and retirement specialists Lynda Smith (50 Plus Skills) and Jennifer Nedzamba CFP® (Netto Invest) agree that many women have not yet grasped the concept of longevity fully, and as a result have not planned adequately for retirement. In light of their shared experiences and expertise, and to help create awareness, they offer their top considerations for women approaching retirement.


The Benefits of Blending

In their August magazine, FA NEWS published an article outlining the relatively new annuity option that enables a higher sustainable drawdown with less associated risk. When comparing current market solutions, Just shows how pensioners could increase their monthly income by 25% by purchasing a new-generation with-profit life annuity, rather than a traditional living annuity. However, in return for this higher lifetime income, they do need to forego the flexibility of how much they can draw. Read the full article for more detail.