Kiwis' retirement savings confidence falls: ANZ

Published: Wed 15 Aug 2012 12:19 PM
Kiwis' retirement savings confidence falls: ANZ
By Hannah Lynch
Aug. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Kiwis aren't confident they will reach their retirement saving goals, according to ANZ's retirement savings confidence barometer.
New Zealander's retirement confidence fell 5 percent in August to 56 percent, compared to the ANZ April survey.
"The deepening debt crisis in Europe and prolonged patchy growth in the New Zealand economy have probably contributed to the drop in confidence,” John Body, managing director ANZ Wealth and Private Banking said in a statement.
A report by the Financial Services Council in June concluded young New Zealanders won't be able to access universal superannuation the country currently enjoys without facing significantly higher taxes or cutting pensions entitlements.
People at or near retirement age should keep their current entitlements, but younger generations will need a new savings system where they make a bigger personal contribution to retain New Zealand superannuation, the lobby group, which represents fund managers and life insurers said.
That's a similar conclusion to last year's report from the government-appointed Savings Working Group, which said the current pension couldn't survive in its current form, and people under the age of 45 don't have security for their retirement.
In April, the government decided to delay automatically enrolling all workers into KiwiSaver in a bid to save $514 million over four years, having already halved its subsidy to the scheme and increased the minimum employer and employee contribution from next year.
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