ANZ KiwiSaver Scheme Balanced Growth Fund

Fund report as at 30 September 2023

How has the fund performed?

Performance as at 30 September 2023


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Performance is after the annual fund charge and before tax. Rates, fees and agreements.

What happened this quarter (three months to 30 September 2023)

  • It was a challenging quarter for global share markets, with most developed markets ending lower as rising bond yields created headwinds for growth assets. 
  • At a sector level, real estate and technology companies underperformed, while energy was the only strong performer, helped in part by rising oil prices. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, the NZX 50 fell 5.2%, making it one of the worst-performing regions. Although recent company earnings updates were broadly in line with expectations, companies’ forward guidance was somewhat disappointing. Weak business and consumer confidence also didn’t help.
  • Global bond markets also had a challenging quarter. Despite signs that central banks were winning in their battle against inflation, resilient economic growth in some of the major economies meant sentiment shifted towards the prospect of interest rates staying ‘higher for longer’. What’s more, expectations remained for further potential hikes before a peak in rates is reached. This was certainly the case in the US, where market pricing suggests one more quarter percent move higher later this year.
  • New Zealand bonds were also lower over the quarter after the RBNZ raised its terminal rate, which suggests there may be another interest rate hike later this year. Meanwhile, stronger-than-expected growth data reaffirmed that the central bank would need to hold interest rates at a restrictive level for a prolonged period.
  • Equity stock selection was the main detractor on fund performance, largely driven by an underweight position to the strong-performing energy sector. Meanwhile, an underweight position to the poor-performing consumer discretionary sector, which would have ordinarily been beneficial, was offset by some weak individual company performance.
  • In bonds, it was no surprise that our international fixed interest managers faced challenges, especially as US bonds were some of the worst-performing over the quarter. 
  • At a tactical level, we remain underweight to international shares and overweight to global and New Zealand bonds. This reflects our belief that the global economy will start to slow in the coming months as central banks hold rates in restrictive territory for an extended period of time. This will soften labour markets and slow consumption, which will eventually weigh on economic growth. In New Zealand, consumer spending is slowing, and households are starting to roll off ultra-low mortgage rates, which will decrease disposable income.

How the fund has performed over time

The fund aims to achieve (after the fund charge and before tax) over the long term moderate to high returns, allowing for moderate to large ups and downs in value.

The graph below shows the value of a $1,000 investment made at the time the fund launched.

The x-axis (horizontal) shows annual dates from September 2007 to September 2023. The y-axis (vertical) shows values from $0 to $3,000 in $500 increments. The line is labelled 'Balanced Growth Fund'. The line starts at a value of $1,000 for September 2007. The trend is downwards until a low of approximately $750 between September 2008 and September 2009. The trend is then upwards, other than small dips between September 2018 and September 2019, and between September 2019 and September 2020. The trend then continues mostly upwards until a sustained decline over 2022. After a good first half to 2023, a tough third quarter sees the value ending at $2,537.93.

Performance is after the annual fund charge and before tax. Rates, fees and agreements.

What does the fund invest in?

The fund invests mainly in growth assets (equities, listed property and listed infrastructure), with some exposure to income assets (cash and cash equivalents and fixed interest). The fund may also invest in alternative assets.

This chart shows the mix of assets that the fund generally intends to invest in.

Income assets:

- 6% Cash and cash equivalents
- 29% Fixed interest

Growth assets:

- 7.5% Listed property
- 55% Equities
- 2.5% Other (listed infrastructure)

See the fund's actual investment mix on page 3 of the fund update.

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