Quarterly News

June 2022

The June quarter was out of the ordinary in that both bonds and equities delivered negative returns during the period. Read more.

March 2022

Welcome! As the COVID pandemic continues to affect countries and economies around the world, including New Zealand, it’s largely been business-as-usual for our virtual teams at SuperLife Read more.

September 2021

Welcome! As the COVID pandemic continues to affect countries and economies around the world, including New Zealand, it’s largely been business as usual for our virtual teams at SuperLife Read more.

June 2021

Welcome! Since our last update, much of the world’s focus has turned to COVID vaccination programmes and what they might mean for human health, along with greater social freedom and economic growth Read more.

March 2021

Welcome! Economies around the world have been finding their way out of the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more.

December 2020

Welcome! What an eventful year it has been, and a challenging one for many. Read More.

September 2020

Welcome! The last few months has seen many facets of investor behaviour — part exuberant, part tentative, and part hopeful. Read More.

June 2020

Welcome to the June quarter news. It has been a busy few months for us as we revert and adjust to life after a period of lockdown. Read More.

March 2020

Welcome to the March quarter news.The last three months have been a roller coaster ride for the global financial markets. Read More.

Market update – COVID-19 virus

Share markets globally have undergone a sharp correction and shown increasing volatility as result of rising concern and signs of material effects on businesses and wider economic impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read More.

December 2019

I am delighted to let you know that Smartshares has exceeded $4 billion funds under management (FUM) for the first time. That’s a 35%, or $1 billion-plus increase over the past year. Read More.

September 2019

This quarter I am pleased to report that in our recent customer satisfaction survey, half of respondents gave us a 9 or 10 out of 10 when asked how likely they’d be to recommend us. Read More.

June 2019

Markets continued their rally over the quarter ended 30 June. All asset classes, including government and corporate bonds, property stocks and equities, enjoyed strong returns over the year-to-date erasing the paper losses investors experienced last year. Some equity markets, including the NZ equity market, are at an all-time high. Read more

March 2019

We are delighted to report that in a recent Consumer KiwiSaver satisfaction survey, SuperLife achieved a top three place for overall customer satisfaction. This put us ahead of three of the biggest KiwiSaver schemes and default providers who recorded below average satisfaction scores. Read more

December 2018

This quarter we provide an update on market activity where global and New Zealand equity markets suffered large declines in the December quarter as a result of global volatility. Read more

September 2018

This quarter we provide an update on market activity where investment returns echoed the previous June quarter. Some equity markets, including New Zealand’s, performed well, while some performed poorly. Read more

June 2018

This quarter we provide an update on market activity in particular where equity markets overall bounced back from the losses in the March quarter. Read More.

March 2018

This quarter we provide an update on market activity, in particular recent volatility in global equity markets after a strong performance in 2017. Read More.

December 2017

Global equity markets surged in the last few months of 2017. Many markets reached new highs, including New Zealand and the US. Read More.

September 2017

Over the last three months, share markets have continued to rise and many markets including NZ and the US have reached new highs. Read More.

June 2017

In recent times, many commentators have announced that the share markets will fall in 2017. We do not know whether this is right, but many of the same “experts” picked a fall last year and the year before. Read More.

March 2017

The returns to 31 March 2017 highlight the importance of not making decisions on the basis of performance, and in particular performance over the short term, and also having diversification. Read More.

December 2016

2016, with the benefit of hindsight, was a “normal” investment year. Shares, overall, did better than bonds which did better than cash, but not in every month, and the variations month to month were at times large. Read More.

September 2016

The investment markets continue to show signs of experiencing higher than normal investment risk. This is seen by the volatility of the returns from one day to the next, and from one month to the next. Read More.

June 2016

Over the June quarter, the investment markets were "more of the same". Interest rates continued to go lower, and share markets and exchange rates were volitile, giving investors a bumpy ride. Read More.

March 2016

The general investment environment globally continues to be one of low interest rates, low inflation and below the historical average economic growth level.Read More.

December 2015

2015 was a year where returns were volatile and uncertain, for all sectors except for Cash. Read More.

September 2015

The investment returns of the share sectors for the month of September were negative but cash and bonds were positive. Read More.

June 2015

The investment markets over the quarter were dominated by commentary about China and Greece. Read More.

March 2015

The last year was a year where the global share markets generally did better than expected (but not in March) and the bond markets performed better than expected (but not each month). Read More.

December 2014

Over the last quarter all options were positive except Australian shares, emerging market shares and Gemino. Read More.

September 2014

The investment environment continues to be one of low interest rates, low inflation and low economic growth. Read More.

June 2014

While the interest rates on cash investments have increased this year, the investment environment continues to be one of low interest rates, low inflation and low economic growth. Read more.

March 2014

The returns for the 2013/14 year were dominated by low, but rising interest rates. Read more.

December 2013

The investment markets in 2013 were dominated by three themes: increased liquidity, continued low interest rates and increased bond yields. Read more.

September 2013

Over the last quarter, changes to the available investment options have been made. Read more.

June 2013

New legislation leads to a more rigorous identification process and also introduces transfers to and from Australian super schemes. Read more.

March 2013

The past few months have been a period of growth and a period of change. It is a good opportunity to review your financial situation and make any appropriate adjustments. Read more.

December 2012

2012 marked a positive turn for the investment market, with long-term average returns being higher than expected in almost every sector. Read more.

September 2012

With SuperLife, parents can set up a savings scheme to help meet the costs of a child's education. Read more.

Other News

NZX/Smartshares’ acquisition of ASB Superannuation Master Trust

NZX has confirmed an agreement to acquire (through its wholly owned subsidiary, Smartshares Limited) the management rights of the ASB Superannuation Master Trust. Read more


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