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Mercer KiwiSaver Scheme

Mercer Growth Fund

Mercer (N.Z.) Limited

Growth fund type

Here's what the provider says about this fund:

Invests mainly in growth assets such as shares, real assets and alternative assets with only a limited amount in cash and fixed interest. May be suitable for investors wanting to invest mostly in growth assets who are comfortable accepting more volatile returns than those expected from the Balanced fund with a view to achieving higher longer-term returns.

Considering switching to this fund? Read the must-knows of switching funds before you start the switching process.

Combined fees

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The combined fees are how much you would have been charged for the year ended 31 March 2017 on the average KiwiSaver balance.

All the averages you see are for this same type of fund, so you’re comparing apples with apples.

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Combined fees include

Membership fees per year

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Here you’ll find the total breakdown of the combined fees. These don’t include other fees such as for switching or withdrawing.

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Annual management fee
Performance-based fees
Other fees and costs

Your KiwiSaver money is invested by a professional fund manager, so there are always fees to pay. Fees can have a big impact on your nest egg, especially in the long run, so it pays to keep a close eye on how they add up.

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Combined fees example

On a growth fund of $14,400 the annual fees would be approximately:

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From the September 2017 KiwiSaver provider survey

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We surveyed KiwiSaver providers on how many different ways they help their members with investment options, communicate with members, and the extra services they offer.

So this rating is more about the quantity than the quality of services. 

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Help with investment options

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Communications to members


Other services


Here ‘help’ means things like online forms, tools, calculators and information on how to optimise your KiwiSaver. 

More communication is not always better communication, but if the provider gives you options on how you like to be reached, that usually helps.

These extras include a range of additional services that are helpful.

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Since April 2012

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Warning about returns!

These show how funds have performed in the past, but that’s not a good guide to how they’ll perform in the future. Don’t switch funds based on past returns.

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All returns shown are after total fund fees (not membership fees) and tax (28% PIR).

Last twelve months

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April 2016 - March 2017


April 2015 - March 2016


The last twelve months refers to January 2017 to December 2017.

In general, it’s good to look at the longest possible time period when weighing returns. After all, with retirement savings, it’s the long game that counts.

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Growth fund type

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What’s in this fund

At 31 December 2017

This shows the actual mix of investments that this fund held on 31 December 2017. This mix continually changes because of market swings and managers’ rebalancing, so these percentages are a snapshot. But it will give you a good idea of where your money is being invested.


How this fund invests your money

How this fund invests your money
Cash Bonds Property Shares Other
Assets 8.58 15.5 6.31 57.44 12.17

Fund information

Number of members
Total value of fund
Date fund started
18 Feb 2015

More information

More information can be found at:

Top 10 investments

These assets make up 22.21% of this fund.

Top 10 investments
Kind of investment Country Percentage of the fund Name
Cash and cash equivalents NZ 6.76 Amp Capital Investors Nz Cash Fund
New Zealand fixed interest NZ 4.88 Anz Wholesale Sovereign Bond Fund
International equities US 2.62 Bnp Paribas Us Dollar Account
International fixed interest AU 1.63 Challenger Harris Global Sovereign Bond Trust
Other NZ 1.41 First State Investments Global Listed Infrastructure Fund
International fixed interest AU 1.24 Robeco Global Credit
Unlisted Property NZ 0.97 Fisher Institutional Property Fund
Other AU 0.92 Ifm Australian Infrastructure Wholesale Fund
Cash and cash equivalents NZ 0.91 Westpac Business Interest Account
International equities NZ 0.87 Bnz Passive Fx Overlay 139% (Hedged Overseas Shares Portfolio B)

Key personnel

Key personnel
Name Current position Time in role
Ross Butler Chairman - Mercer (N.Z.) Ltd 5 years, 0 months
Martin Lewington Ceo - Mercer (N.Z.) Ltd 8 years, 10 months
Philip Houghton-Brown Chief Investment Officer - New Zealand, Mercer (N.Z.) Ltd 5 years, 5 months
Kylie Willment Chief Investment Officer, Pacific, Mercer Australia (Pty) Ltd 0 years, 2 months
Philip Graham Deputy Chief Investment Officer - Pacific, Mercer Australia (Pty) Ltd 6 years, 5 months