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Two things that affect whether you can retire early

Findings from Just Retirement Insights feature in this article about things affecting the ability to retire early. According to the article, there are two main drivers which determine if early retirement is even an option for you - how much capital you have, and how much you need to draw to sustain your standard of living


Humans have longer life expectancy - but their money might not

Fin24 covers some of the findings from the 2019 "Just Retirement Insights" study. CEO Deane Moore says: "Our key concern rising from this latest study is the high proportion of people approaching retirement who have not saved enough, yet expect an unrealistically high level of income from their existing retirement pot."


You may be overestimating the retirement income you'll have

Many South Africans are not doing enough planning when it comes to retirement and think that their savings will generate a pension way beyond what their money can sustain. Annuity provider Just SA recently published its "2019 Retirement Insights" after interviewing more than 500 South Africans between the ages of 50 and 85


Financially independent parents on the wish list this festive season

The gift of a financial legacy for loved ones has long been a priority for South African retirees when considering their retirement income options – the idea of leaving some financial support to their heirs after death. According to retirement income specialist Just, this is still the case. In their 2019 Retirement Insights study, 80% of pre-retirees and retirees have a desire to leave money for their children and grandchildren. However, the bleak reality is that many South African retirees simply have not saved enough to allow for a secure, regular income to last their full retirement years, let alone leave a legacy for children, says Just CEO Deane Moore.


SA retirees prefer secure monthly income: Survey

Retirement income specialist Just, this week launched the 2019 findings from ‘Just Retirement Insights’ – a comprehensive review and commentary based on face-to-face interviews with over 520 pre-retirees and retirees. The third tracking study of a series, Just Retirement Insights aims to understand the South African retirement market and their retirement needs in a changing economic and political climate.


People save little, but have high expectations of retirement income

This independent article highlights the importance of awareness and careful planning in retirement. Findings from a recent survey by Just SA found that more than 60% of the respondents have less than R1 million in retirement savings, but quite high expectations about the income they will be able to draw from it in retirement. Just CEO Deane Moore said at a 50Plus-Skills conference in Johannesburg that the rule-of-thumb drawdown rate for people between 60 and 64 is around 5%, however the expectation for people earning less than R1 million is a drawdown rate of 16.5%.


Just Retirement Insights 2019

The third tracking study of a series, Just Retirement Insights 2019 aims to understand the South African retirement market and their retirement needs in a changing economic and political climate. “Our key concern rising from this latest study,” said Just CEO Deane Moore, “is the high proportion of people approaching retirement who have not saved enough, yet expect an unrealistically high level of income from their existing retirement pot.”


Medical underwriting ‘can boost your annuity’

Financial worries should be the last thing on the mind of a retiree diagnosed with breast cancer, says Bjorn Ladewig, longevity actuary for retirement income specialist Just. Ladewig says it is therefore beneficial that retirees buying an annuity income at retirement are medically underwritten at the beginning of the process to see whether they qualify for a higher income


Women with breast cancer may qualify for a higher income in retirement

Breast cancer survivors may qualify for a higher income in retirement by declaring their full illness history when purchasing a guaranteed life annuity. The latest inhouse research by retirement income specialist Just shows that of Just’s medically underwritten cases, approximately 30% qualified for an uplift of at least 5%.


Most South Africans will face a bleak reality when their working lives come to an end

Deane Moore, CEO of retirement income specialist Just South Africa, says there is a way to consciously consume more in your active retirement years, knowing that later on you can fall back on a lower income that at least covers your essential expenses for life.


Give your retirement income legs rather than aiming for a jackpot

Just is a strong advocate for using the right tools to manage risk in retirement: insurance for longevity risk, and investment strategies for investment risk and inflation. This recent Business Day article highlights that: “The latest thinking on providing an income in retirement recognises the need to minimise the risks of an 'income crash' due to the effects of longevity, investment risks and inflation.” It is worthwhile to compare the product features and pricing of available retirement solutions with a financial adviser.


Small spending adjustments that could lead to a better retirement

In the face of rising living costs and high levels of household debt, the notion of retiring comfortably seems beyond reach for many South Africans. However, retirement income specialist Just maintains that soon-to-be retirees can facilitate a smoother transition towards a sustainable lifestyle in retirement by rethinking their essential spending.