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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.


Don’t rush investment decisions in times of uncertainty

It’s natural to feel a certain amount of panic during any crisis, let alone a global pandemic. But rushing into investment decisions through panic is always a bad idea, even if your nervous system is screaming at you to act. Click to read the full article by Bjorn Ladewig, Longevity Actuary at Just.


Life stages and life spans are changing – Financial Adviser has critical role to play

MOONSTONE reports that while the COVID-19 crisis initially provoked anxiety, Just CEO, Deane Moore reaffirmed that a retiree’s approach to retirement should remain the same, regardless of market conditions. When planning for retirement, he urged participants to think about their retirement savings in two parts – needs and wants. He then identified three sensible steps to follow to best manage and protect retirement income.


When I'm Sixty Four

When you hit retirement age, no one expects you to be your own doctor, mechanic or accountant. So why do so many of us assume that becoming a retiree automatically qualifies us to make the best decisions about the management of our retirement income?


Change your living annuity, not your drawdown rate

Just features in the Winter edition of SILVER DIGEST (page 22) and covers some options to consider to make your retirement income more sustainable in an environment where current regulations do not allow you to split your living annuity after retirement.


The long-lingering ghosts for pensioners of the Covid-19 virus and the kleptocracy regime

Bruce Cameron says "The ghosts of the latest [market] events are going to be long-lasting. Investment markets are going to be volatile. You can expect increases in taxes, you can expect inflation or deflation and you can expect less income in the years ahead. It is best to take action now." Read the full DAILY MAVERICK article. 


Is the annuity debate shifting back to life, from living?

"Reintroducing the with-profit annuity: There is another type of life annuity that is making somewhat of a comeback at the moment, namely the with-profit annuity. Commentators single out Just SA, Liberty, Momentum, Old Mutual and Sanlam as the main life insurers in the with-profit segment," says FA NEWS


How to manage your living annuity in uncertain times

"If you cannot draw a reasonable level of income, you take on increased longevity risk and investment risk, and therefore increased risk of failure in a living annuity investment. In this case, it’s worth considering transferring some or all of the risk to an insurer by purchasing a guaranteed annuity," says Shaun Duddy, Senior Manager in Product Development at Allan Gray in PERSONAL FINANCE