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AMP’s KiwiSaver and NZRT Undertakes Investment Management Review

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AMP Wealth Management NZ – an investment company with $9 billion in its investment portfolio, is currently reviewing the investment management of its KiwiSaver and New Zealand Retirement Trust (NZRT) schemes.

One of the options on the table was a shift to passive strategies. Some of the model portfolios in AMP Wealth NZ use Mercer to advise them on manager selection, approved product list and performance reporting. However the final asset allocation of the AMP Wealth products, is ultimately determined by AMP Capital.

An AMP spokesperson says the review could either result in no changes or a change of investment approach and/or investment manager.

Pressure to Lower Fees and Review Process

KiwiSaver providers are currently facing pressure from both competition and the Financial Markets Authority to lower costs across its product range. The Financial Markets Authority is planning to release its ‘value for money’ report later this month which is expected to advocate for lower fees across the KiwiSaver sector.

Moreover, the KiwiSaver default scheme re-tender process is set to make some changes. This could impact AMP who has the largest default exposure with around 90,000 individuals being auto-enrolled among its 220,000-odd members. 

AMP provides a wide range of superannuation and investment products, these include their Lifesteps Investment Programme, diversified funds, goal based funds, and single sector funds. The AMP KiwiSaver scheme and NZRT also offer a broad range of other managers including ANZ, ASB, Nikko Asset Management and Mercer.

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