How do you weigh up the pros and cons and make a balanced decision on whether a retirement village is the right move for you? The role and requirements of the 'retirement village' are constantly changing with many establishments modernising their facilities to support the needs of their residents. Do your homework, draw up a realistic budget and most importantly chat to your financial adviser so you're well informed to make the right decision for you and your family/support system.
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Best of Both: Life and Living Annuities
Gareth Stokes chatted to Just SA CEO Deane Moore about a pension funding solution that allows clients to incorporate aspects of both life and living annuities into a blended annuity solution. This article was first published on FA NEWS.
The importance of a robust retirement plan
Now is a good time for retirees to secure a guaranteed income for life. According to retirement income specialist Just, if your retirement savings were invested in balanced funds through the market turmoil of 2020, it is currently possible to secure a guaranteed income for life that is more than 15% higher than it would have been had you invested on 1 January last year.
This article was adapted for MOONSTONE by Janine Geldenhuys.
Blended living annuities – a just choice for retirees
A surefire way to secure a stable income in retirement is through a life annuity. But the biggest detractors from a life annuity are often the perceived lack of flexibility, as well as the belief that leaving a capital legacy for beneficiaries is not possible.
Historically, the inability to adjust income from a life annuity has led to many retirees self-insuring against running out of money and is the reason why many South African retirees opt for a living annuity.
Careful tax planning can help you stretch retirement savings
Soon-to-be-retirees have many options to consider to ensure their retirement and discretionary savings work best for them in retirement. If you have diligently saved for retirement, you don’t pay income tax on contributions paid into a retirement fund or retirement annuity, nor on the investment build up within these retirement vehicles. But when you retire and start taking the money out, it will be taxed as income. This article also appeared in BUSINESS TECH.
Risks in retirement are increasing - but you don’t have to tackle them alone
Risks in retirement are not new but may have been exacerbated with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on lifestyles. Yet there are some practical steps that you can take to best achieve health and wealth in retirement, regardless of market conditions. This article also appeared in the Autumn edition of SILVER DIGEST.
Impact of lower salary increases on retirement savings
This MOONSTONE article is adapted from a recent article by Product Actuary Twane Wessels. She says salary increases have been trending downwards for several years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further added to the negative growth as many South Africans experienced wage freezes and zero increases. The lower your increases, the lower your contributions to your retirement fund will be, and the less money you have invested to capitalise on any investment growth.
Lower salary increases mean less retirement savings
What effect can a zero percent increase have on your retirement savings? As contributions to employer pension or provident schemes are based on a percentage of your salary, the answer is clear. The lower your increases, the lower your contributions to your retirement fund will be, as well as the amount of your employer’s contribution. And the less money you have invested to capitalise on any investment growth. This article also appeared in COVER and FA NEWS.
COVID-19 has led to increased risk aversion among retirees
People are still concerned about the risk that they will live longer than they have anticipated and outlast their savings, says a MONEYWEB article featuring insights from Just SA CEO Deane Moore.
The article covers content shared at the recent 50plus-skills webinar on mental, physical and nutritional health for the 50+ community, proudly sponsored by Just SA. We also shared some results from our 2020 Just Retirement Insights, together with some practical steps to take to secure at least a portion of your retirement income.
With-profit life annuity increases comfortable beat inflation
MONEY MARKETING focused on the benefits of a with-profit annuity in their February digital magazine (page 28). Since its launch in 2015, Just has focused on enhancing the features, transparency and performance of with-profit annuities in South Africa for the benefit of pensioners and advisers. With-profit life annuities offer retirees an income for life, which will never reduce regardless of what happens to investment markets or how long a retiree lives.
With-profit life annuity increases comfortably beat inflation
Retirement income specialist Just announced 2021 with-profit annuity increases that comfortably beat inflation, benefitting pensioners with a much-needed boost to their retirement income.
With-profit annuities – a ‘just’ choice for many retirees
Research shows that one of the most important needs in retirement is to generate an income to cover expenses for life. Consider a solution that mitigates the risk of running out of money much earlier than planned. This article was published in the You’ve Earned It/YEI - the website for South African over-60s.