Fund Update


For the year ended 31 December 2017.

This update was first made publicly available on 28 March 2018.

What is the purpose of this update?

This document tells you how Balanced has performed and what fees were charged. The document will help you to compare the fund with other funds. UniSaver Limited prepared this update in accordance with the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. This information is not audited and may be updated.

Description of this fund

Balanced is a balanced investment option with a slight emphasis on growth assets. Its principal objective is to achieve returns of 2.25% above inflation over rolling 7-year periods, while keeping the risk of a member losing more than 15% after inflation in any one year reasonably small.

Total value of the fund $661,853,188 
Number of investors in the fund 7,014 
The date the fund started 1 March 1993

What are the risks of investing?

Risk indicator for Balanced


The risk indicator is rated from 1 (low) to 7 (high). The rating reflects how much the value of the fund’s assets goes up and down. A higher risk generally means higher potential returns over time, but more ups and downs along the way.

To help you clarify your own attitude to risk, you can seek financial advice or work out your risk profile at

Note that even the lowest category does not mean a risk-free investment, and there are other risks that are not captured by this rating. This risk indicator is not a guarantee of a fund’s future performance. The risk indicator is based on the returns data for the past five years. While risk indicators are usually relatively stable, they do shift from time to time. The risk indicator will continue to be updated in future fund updates.

See the product disclosure statement (PDS) for more information about the risks associated with investing in this fund.

How has the fund performed?

  Average over past 5 years Past year
Annual return
(after deductions for charges and tax)
9.13% 13.09%
Annual return
(after deductions for charges but before tax)
10.48% 14.40%
Market index annual return (reflects no deduction for charges and tax) 10.50% 12.78%

The market index annual return is based on the returns of a composite index. The composite index is made up of the individual asset class benchmark indices used to measure the performance of each underlying fund/asset class into which the fund invests. Accordingly, the market index annual return for each of the funds is a composite return, calculated using the weighted average return of the benchmark indices used to measure the performance of the underlying funds/assets into which each fund invests. The weighting for each benchmark within the composite is equal to the strategic asset allocation weighting for that asset class. This market index return provides a relative measure of the fund’s performance.

Further information about the market index is available on the offer register at

Annual return graph

Balance v.21

This shows the return after fund charges and tax for each year ending 31 December for each of the last 10 years ending 31 December. The last bar shows the average annual return for the last 10 years, up to 31 December 2017.

Important: This does not tell you how the fund will perform in the future.

What fees are investors charged?

Investors in Balanced are charged fund charges. In the year to 31 December 2017 these were:

  % of net asset value
Total fund charges 0.64%
Which are made up of:  
Total management and administration charges 0.64%
Including -  
Manager’s basic fee 0.00%
Other management and administration charges 0.64%
Total performance-based fees 0.00%
  Dollar amount per investor or description of how charge is calculated
Other charges  
Administration fee $52.32 per annum (deferred members only)

Investors may also be charged individual action fees for specific actions or decisions (for example, withdrawing from or switching funds). See the ‘Fees’ document on the offer register at for more information about those fees. Small differences in fees and charges can have a big impact on your investment over the long term.

Example of how this applies to an investor

Mary had $10,000 in the fund at the start of the year and did not make any further contributions. At the end of the year, Mary received a return after fund charges were deducted of $1,440.06 (that is 14.40% of her initial $10,000). This gives Mary a total return after tax of $1,309.01 for the year.

What does the fund invest in?

This shows the types of assets that the fund invests in.   1

Actual investment mix


Target investment mix

Asset type Allocation
Cash and cash equivalents  9.00%
New Zealand fixed interest  0.00%
International fixed interest  36.00%
Australasian equities  12.50%
International equities 37.50%
Listed property  5.00%
Unlisted property  0.00%
Commodities  0.00%
Other 0.00%

Top 10 investments

Asset name % of fund net assets Type Country Credit rating
ANZ Wholesale Cash Fund 8.57%   Cash and cash equivalents New Zealand   
Harbour Australasian Equities Fund  6.63%   Australasian equities New Zealand   
ANZ Australasian Equities Fund 5.93%   Australasian equities New Zealand   
US Dollar Cash Deposit (State Street & Trust) 1.20%   Cash and cash equivalents United States  AAA
New Zealand Dollar Cash Deposit (State Street & Trust) 1.06%   Cash and cash equivalents New Zealand  AAA
Australian Dollar Cash Deposit (State Street & Trust) 0.72%   Cash and cash equivalents Australia   AAA
Johnson & Johnson 0.69%   International equities United States   
US Treasury Notes/Bonds 2.00% 31/12/2021 0.65%   International fixed interest United States  AAA
Alphabet Inc. Cl C 0.50%   International equities United States   
US Treasury Notes/Bonds 1.63% 31/08/2019 0.49%   International fixed interest United States  AAA

The total value of the above 10 individual assets is 26.44% of the net asset value of the fund.

The fund’s exposure to international fixed interest and international listed property is 100% hedged to the NZ dollar, and the fund’s exposure to international equities is 50% hedged to the NZ dollar.   2

Key personnel

Name Current position Previous position (if relevant)

Time in current position

Malcolm Johnson  Board member of UniSaver Limited  UniSaver licensed independent trustee 1 year and 4 months

4 years and 6 months

Adrienne Cleland  Board member of UniSaver Limited   9 years and 0 months
Carolyn Dimond  Board member of UniSaver Limited   2 years and 6 months
Wayne Morgan  Board member of UniSaver Limited   12 years and 0 months
Ian Russon   3 Board member of UniSaver Limited (and licensed independent trustee)   1 year and 0 months (and 2 months as licensed independent trustee)

Further information

You can also obtain this information, the PDS for UniSaver New Zealand, and some additional information from the offer register at


1 The target investment mix for Balanced changed on 1 February 2018, and changes to the actual investment mix and Top 10 investments have also been made as a result. Please refer to the UniSaver product disclosure statement dated 1 February 2018 for information on Balanced's current target investment mix.

2 UniSaver’s hedging policy changed on 1 February 2018 to make Balanced's exposure to international equities 100% hedged to the NZ dollar.

3 Ian Russon has not been named in a previous fund update for Balanced.

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