Performance

Income Strategy

Review

For the month of August 2021

Despite the recent Delta setback, we continue to see New Zealand as a bellwether for how the global economy emerges from this pandemic.

The local experience from 2020 is that the lockdowns do not destroy demand, they simply delay it. This suggests that once the Auckland outbreak is brought under control, the strong economy will return and that the Reserve Bank will continue to look to reduce the level of stimulus that they are providing to the New Zealand economy by raising the Official Cash Rate.

This process is also mirrored around many of our major trading partners as they are discussing the need for further stimulus. In these countries a key part of the stimulus has been buying bonds to lower longer term interest rates. You get a sense of the scale of this if you look at the central bank assets as a percentage of GDP.

In the United States the Federal Reserve’s assets are equal to 36% of GDP (up from 19% in December 2019). In Europe, central banks’ assets are 70% of GDP (up from 39% in December 2019). This buying will be the first part of the stimulus that is removed so it is an area we are watching closely.

Details

Strategy objective Strategy summary Risk category Minimum suggested investment timeframe
To provide an active exposure to income assets. Anticipated to mainly own and trade New Zealand, Australian and international bonds and other authorised asset classes over the minimum suggested investment timeframe. 2 years+

Performance

Performance since inception (31 October 2010) to 31 August 2021
KiwiSaver Income Strategy Chart KiwiSaver Income Strategy Performance Table

NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Income Strategy

  • Returns are stated after Strategy fees and expenses, but before any advisory fees or investor tax. Past performance is not necessarily an indication of future returns.
  • Cumulative returns.

Maximum Decline and Risk

  • Returns should be looked at in conjunction with the level of risk associated with an investment. "Maximum decline" is a measure of risk. It represents the largest decline in value in the previous 12 months or since inception of the Portfolio if it has not existed for 12 months.
  • This is the annualised standard deviation calculated from weekly returns of the Strategy over the 5 years ending 30 June 2021. For more details on the Strategy’s Maximum Decline and Volatility please contact NZ Funds.

Note: Rounding may affect some numbers.

Portfolios

NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Income Strategy

Complete Strategy as at 20 August 2021
KiwiSaver Income Strategy Portfolio Table


1. The yield calculation represents an estimate of the yield on the Strategy, calculated using the most recent information provided by the external investment managers involved in managing the Strategy, hedged back to New Zealand dollars where appropriate. It is not calculated 'as at' any particular date as different external investment managers provide data at varying dates. As a result, in some instances the yields may lag the date of this Strategy summary. The yield is not the actual return on the Strategy, nor is it a projection or forecast. The Strategy's return could be less than the Strategy's yield. Details of the yield calculation are available on request from NZ Funds.
2. Credit default swaps notional value is currently $76,495,302.
3. Total economic exposure represents the total economic value of a Strategy, which is the net asset value of the Strategy adjusted for the effect of direct derivative positions taken by the Strategy and indirect derivative positions taken other than via a fund including hedge funds. For more details on economic exposure, see the Other Material Information document on the Offer Register at www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/disclose.
Note: Rounding may affect any subtotals and totals.

Overview

Risk & volatility Please see the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) or the latest Fund Update for information on risk.
Life Cycle allocation Life Cycle allocates 5% of a member’s funds to this Strategy until the member reaches age 58, from when their allocation will gradually increase.
Further information The NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme, which incorporates the Income Strategy, is issued by New Zealand Funds Management Limited. Further information is contained in the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement

Inflation Strategy

Review

For the month of August 2021

Inflation Category returns were positive in August due to a combination of strong equity markets and outperformance from our specific share selections.

The strongest performance came from New Zealand and Australian shares which returned over 7.4% in August, compared to the NZX50 which returned 5.3% and the ASX200 at 2.5%. Many Australasian companies report financial results in August. The shares in our Portfolios reported strong results, a key driver of their performance.

Retirement village operator Summerset reported record earnings, the share price gaining 19% after its August announcement. Chorus’ share price was up 14%, driven by a positive announcement about the value of its fibre network. Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications business, reported results that led to its share price rising 5%.

The Absolute Return Strategy showed positive returns from a mix of Australasian equities, United States mega-cap technology companies and crypto-currency exposure.

Looking ahead, our share market outlook is positive. Favourable tailwinds, unchanged since April 2020, continue to drive share markets higher. These include strong economic growth, continued fiscal and monetary stimulus, record high investor inflows and the relative attractiveness of share market returns versus bonds and cash.

However, we are cautious and somewhat defensive in the sectors in which we have invested. Share market valuations continue to increase to levels at the upper end of historical ranges. The United States’ S&P 500 Index has gone over 200 consecutive days without a selloff of more than 5%. Historically, it is rare for the S&P500 to exceed 250 days without a selloff of more than 5%.

As the United States nears the point at which it begins to unwind monetary support, the risk of market volatility increases. We have taken a more defensive approach with reduced share market exposure and a reweighting from higher risk companies to more defensive companies including large, profitable technology companies and infrastructure and utility companies

The COVID-19 Delta variant is delaying central bank interest rate decisions in the United States and Europe, and interest rate markets continue to be relatively range-bound. However, pressure is growing that interest rates will need to move higher over the latter part of 2021 as supply shortages emerge across many markets.

Details

Strategy objective Strategy summary Risk category Minimum suggested investment timeframe
To mitigate the impact of inflation on your investment over the medium and/or long term through active management. Anticipated to mainly own and trade New Zealand, Australian and international bonds and shares and other authorised asset classes over the minimum suggested investment timeframe. 5 years+

Performance

Performance since inception (31 October 2010) to 31 August 2021
KiwiSaver Inflation Strategy Chart KiwiSaver Inflation Strategy Performance Table

NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Inflation Strategy

  • Returns are stated after Strategy fees and expenses, but before any advisory fees or investor tax. Past performance is not necessarily an indication of future returns.
  • Cumulative returns.

Maximum Decline and Risk

  • Returns should be looked at in conjunction with the level of risk associated with an investment. "Maximum decline" is a measure of risk. It represents the largest decline in value in the previous 12 months or since inception of the Portfolio if it has not existed for 12 months.
  • This is the annualised standard deviation calculated from weekly returns of the Strategy over the 5 years ending 30 June 2021. For more details on the Strategy’s Maximum Decline and Volatility please contact NZ Funds.

Note: Rounding may affect some numbers.

Portfolios

NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Inflation Strategy

Complete Strategy as at 20 August 2021
KiwiSaver Inflation Strategy Portfolios Table


1. Where a strategy is shown, the asset class reflects the predominant assets in the strategy. The strategy may include other assets including cash.
2. The yield calculation represents an estimate of the yield on the Strategy, calculated using the most recent information provided by the external investment managers involved in managing the Strategy, hedged back to New Zealand dollars where appropriate. It is not calculated 'as at' any particular date as different external investment managers provide data at varying dates. As a result, in some instances the yields may lag the date of this Strategy summary. The yield is not the actual return on the Strategy, nor is it a projection or forecast. The Strategy's return could be less than the Strategy's yield. Details of the yield calculation are available on request from NZ Funds.
3. New Zealand inflation swaps notional value is currently $17,946,455.
4. Swaptions notional value is currently $26,322,170.
5. As at the date of the security listings, the majority of the assets of the Strategy were held in this asset class. This Strategy may also hold assets in other asset classes.
6. Total economic exposure represents the total economic value of a Strategy, which is the net asset value of the Strategy adjusted for the effect of direct derivative positions taken by the Strategy and indirect derivative positions taken other than via a fund including hedge funds. For more details on economic exposure, see the Other Material Information document on the Offer Register at www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/disclose.
Note: Rounding may affect any subtotals and totals.

Overview

Risk & volatility Please see the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) or the latest Fund Update for information on risk.
Life Cycle allocation Life Cycle allocates 10% of a member's funds to this Strategy until the member reaches age 55, from when their allocation will gradually increase to 34% by age 65.
Further information The NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme, which incorporates the Inflation Strategy, is issued by New Zealand Funds Management Limited. Further information is contained in the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement

Growth Strategy

Review

For the month of August 2021

Growth Category returns were positive in August due to a combination of strong equity markets and outperformance from our specific share selections.

The strongest performance came from New Zealand and Australia shares which returned over 7.4% in August, compared to the NZX50 which returned 5.3% and the ASX200 at 2.5%. August is a month where many Australasian companies report financial results. The shares in our Portfolios reported very strong results which was a key driver of their performance.

Retirement village operator Summerset reported record earnings, and the share price gained 19% following its August announcement. Chorus’ share price was up 14%, driven by a positive announcement regarding the value of its fibre network. Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications business, reported results that saw its share price up 5%.

The international component of our portfolios also performed well, led by a strong bounce-back in the mega-cap technology companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. These companies reported their second quarter results at the end of July and, despite initial share price weakness, these companies performed strongly throughout August with share price increases ranging between 4 to 8% for the month.

Looking forward, our share market outlook is positive. Favourable tailwinds, which haven’t changed since April 2020, continue to drive share markets higher. These include strong economic growth, continued fiscal and monetary stimulus, record high investor inflows and the relative attractiveness of share market returns versus bonds and cash.

However, we remain cautious and somewhat defensive in the sectors in which we are invested. Share market valuations continue to increase to levels that are at the upper end of historical ranges. In fact, the United States’ S&P 500 Index has gone over 200 consecutive days without a selloff of more than 5%. Historically, it is very rare for the S&P500 to exceed 250 days without a selloff of more than 5%.

As the United States nears the point where it begins to unwind monetary support, the risks of market volatility and share market pullbacks increase. This has led us to a more defensive approach with reduced share market exposure and a reweighting from higher risk companies to more defensive companies including large, profitable technology companies and infrastructure and utility companies.

Details

Strategy objective Strategy summary Risk category Minimum suggested investment timeframe
To grow your investment over the long term through active management. Anticipated to mainly own and trade New Zealand, Australian and international shares, hedge funds and other authorised asset classes over the minimum suggested investment timeframe. 10 years+

Performance

Performance since inception (31 October 2010) to 31 August 2021
KiwiSaver Growth Strategy Chart KiwiSaver Inflation Strategy Performance Table

NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Growth Strategy

  • Returns are stated after Strategy fees and expenses, but before any advisory fees or investor tax. Past performance is not necessarily an indication of future returns.
  • Cumulative returns.

Maximum Decline and Risk

  • Returns should be looked at in conjunction with the level of risk associated with an investment. "Maximum decline" is a measure of risk. It represents the largest decline in value in the previous 12 months or since inception of the Portfolio if it has not existed for 12 months.
  • This is the annualised standard deviation calculated from weekly returns of the Strategy over the 5 years ending 30 June 2021. For more details on the Strategy’s Maximum Decline and Volatility please contact NZ Funds.

Note: Rounding may affect some numbers.

Portfolios

NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Growth Strategy

Complete Strategy as at 20 August 2021
KiwiSaver Growth Strategy Portfolio Table


1. Where a strategy is shown, the asset class reflects the predominant assets in the strategy. The strategy may include other assets including cash.
2. The yield calculation represents an estimate of the yield on the Strategy, calculated using the most recent information provided by the external investment managers involved in managing the Strategy, hedged back to New Zealand dollars where appropriate. It is not calculated 'as at' any particular date as different external investment managers provide data at varying dates. As a result, in some instances the yields may lag the date of this Strategy summary. The yield is not the actual return on the Strategy, nor is it a projection or forecast. The Strategy's return could be less than the Strategy's yield. Details of the yield calculation are available on request from NZ Funds.
3. Total economic exposure represents the total economic value of a Strategy, which is the net asset value of the Strategy adjusted for the effect of direct derivative positions taken by the Strategy and indirect derivative positions taken other than via a fund including hedge funds. For more details on economic exposure, see the Other Material Information document on the Offer Register at www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/disclose.
Note: Rounding may affect any subtotals and totals.

Overview

Risk & volatility Please see the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) or the latest Fund Update for information on risk.
Life Cycle allocation Life Cycle allocates 85% of a member’s funds to this Strategy until the member reaches age 55, from when their allocation will gradually decrease.
Further information The NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme, which incorporates the Growth Strategy, is issued by New Zealand Funds Management Limited. Further information is contained in the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement