Fund update

Cash fund

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 Cash 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

Cash invests fully in New Zealand cash. It's objective is to provide a return broadly in line with that of the S&P/NZX Bank Bills 90-Day Index after tax.

Total value of the fund $20,514,023 
Number of investors in the fund 512 
The date the fund started 1 October 2004

What are the risks of investing?

Risk indicator for Cash


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)
2.18% 1.75%
Annual return
(after deductions for charges but before tax)
2.94% 2.37%
Market index annual return (reflects no deduction for charges and tax) 2.80% 2.02%

The benchmark for Cash is the S&P/NZX Bank Bills 90-Day Index. This index provides a measure of the cumulative increase in the market value of a portfolio of bank bills based on a daily roll over and purchase of a new bank bill of 90-day maturity.

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

Annual return graph

Cash v21

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 the Cash fund are charged fund charges. In the year to 31 December 2017 these were:

  % of net asset value
Total fund charges 0.30%
Which are made up of:  
Total management and administration charges 0.30%
Including -  
Manager’s basic fee 0.00%
Other management and administration charges 0.30%
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 $236.51 (that is 2.37% of her initial $10,000). This gives Mary a total return after tax of $174.97 for the year.

What does the fund invest in?

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

Actual investment mix


Target investment mix

Asset type Allocation
Cash and cash equivalents  100.00%
New Zealand fixed interest  0.00%
International fixed interest  0.00%
Australasian equities  0.00%
International equities  0.00%
Listed property  0.00%
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  100.00% Cash and cash equivalents  New Zealand  

The total value of the above 10 individual assets is 100% of the net asset value of the fund.

Key personnel

Name Current position Previous position (if relevant) Time in current position
 Malcolm Johnson  Board member UniSaver Limited UniSaver licensed independent trustee 1 year and 4 months 4 years and 6 months
 Adrienne Cleland  Board member UniSaver Limited   9 years and 0 months
 Carolyn Dimond  Board member UniSaver Limited   2 years and 6 months
 Wayne Morgan  Board member UniSaver Limited   12 years and 0 months
 Ian Russon   1  Board member 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 Ian Russon has not been named in a previous fund update for Cash.

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