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IN DEPTH | How to manage your retirement funds in uncertain times

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Investors globally and locally are finding themselves in an ‘investment yield drought’, which started in 2008 with the financial crisis in developed markets and rippled through to the rest of the world.

Then came Covid-19, which wreaked havoc on the markets. Retirees and those planning for retirement have justifiably panicked. But the constant refrain from the financial planning industry remains: Do not take short-term decisions for long- term plans.

In South Africa there is a unique combination between the Covid-19 market crash and the SA sovereign risk downgrade by rating agencies that caused long-term interest rates on bonds to increase, says Deane Moore, CEO of retirement income specialist Just.

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