Fight over Aussie super's objective

8 February 2017

Sydney Morning Herald: Should compulsory superannuation aim to give Australians a retirement that is "comfortable," "adequate" or "dignified"? Or should it have the more modest goal of providing retirement income to substitute or top up the age pension? More>

Editorial: KiwiSaver tweaks should just be the start

8 February 2017

NZ Herald: It is hard to believe that New Zealanders chose not to pick up as much as $300 million on offer from the Government. That is the amount going begging each year through the KiwiSaver tax credit but for one reason or another New Zealanders are not saving enough to qualify for their share. More>

KiwiSaver Survey December Quarter 2016

8 February 2017

Morningstar:  Volatility returned to markets in the final quarter of 2016, following the results from the US election. Fixed income markets, listed property, and New Zealand shares all produced negative results, while global equities was one of the few asset classes to shine. As a result, the more defensive KiwiSaver funds posted negative returns, while growth-oriented options were mostly positive. Average multisector category returns ranged from 2.54% for the aggressive category to -0.79% for the conservative category. More>

Britannia launches new scheme

8 February 2017 Pension transfer provider Britannia has launched a new scheme, with lower fees and exposure to New Zealand assets. Britannia chief executive Gavin Dixon said the new scheme would follow the existing model of "smart beta" funds. More>

More Aussie funds line up for recognition in NZ

8 February 2017

InvestmentNewsNZ: Australian-headquartered multi-boutique firm Bennelong Funds Management is making a formal play for the NZ market with the launch of nine products offered under the trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition regime. More>

Big shake-up for RBNZ: Wheeler to Sept; Spencer to fill in

8 February 2017

BusinessDesk:Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler won’t serve a second term and will be followed out the door by his deputy, Grant Spencer, who will fill in on a temporary basis while the next government hunts out a replacement. More>

Pensioners to sue for 'stolen' overseas funds

8 February 2017 The New Zealand Seniors Party is organising a class action lawsuit. Under section 70 of the Social Security act expat New Zealanders or migrants, upon reaching 65, will have their superannuation docked depending on how much they receive from their overseas pension. More>

Budget date set, tax cuts likely

8 February 2017

Radio New Zealand: The Government will deliver its election-year Budget on 25 May, with new Finance Minister Steven Joyce continuing to hint at tax cuts. More>

FMA's new guide to good conduct

3 February 2017

The FMA has publised the final version of the guide into its view of conduct along with published submissions from the industry. More>

NZ Super Fund 2016 returns announced

3 February 2017

Press release: The NZ Super Fund, set up to help pre-fund universal superannuation, returned 13.2% over the 2016 calendar year (after costs, before NZ tax). The Fund finished 2016 at a new high for the year-end of NZ$32.7 billion. More>