The FMA issued a notice requiring KiwiSaver scheme providers to allocate fees (charged at the fund level for the accounting period) to members using either the total annual fund charge (TAFC) methodology or the cents per unit (CPU) methodology.
The TAFC methodology requires a provider to apply the total fund charge, as a percentage of the average net asset value of the fund, to the member’s average annual balance. In contrast, the CPU methodology attributes fees to members at every fund valuation period (usually on a daily basis), using the member’s actual balance at the time the fund is valued. Any withdrawals and contributions made throughout the year are fully taken into account.
Ultimately, both methods deliver the same desired policy outcome and give members the information they need: the fees they pay as a dollar amount.
We have used the TAFC calculation: