New fund will accelerate our move to low carbon

In November, we will move half our global share portfolio into Russell Investments’ Sustainable Global Shares Fund. The fund excludes companies generating revenue from coal in addition to the exclusions that apply to our investments across the board. It has a 50% lower carbon footprint and 50% lower fossil fuel reserves than the benchmark. The fund moves beyond carbon reduction too. It has an increased exposure to companies with a high responsible investment rating and to those participating in the transition to renewable energy.

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Russell Investments commits to net-zero by 2050

Russell Investments has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for its investment portfolios globally by 2050 at the latest. Net-zero means that investments in any activities that produce greenhouse gas emissions are offset by those activities and processes that remove carbon already in the atmosphere.

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New climate reporting standards

We are following with interest the government's plans to introduce new mandatory climate reporting standards for some investment managers.

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Tax advantage in bringing investments onshore

Russell Investments will soon launch New Zealand domiciled versions of the international equities and infrastructure funds we use, which will result in tax advantages for UniSaver.

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New director joins the Board

Toby Daglish, Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, has joined the Board of UniSaver Limited. 

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Payments over Christmas and New Year

The last payment date for benefits for 2021 will be Friday 17 December. You need to factor that in if you’re planning to withdraw money towards a deposit for a first home or for any other reason.

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