Super Plan

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Super Plan

INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE
NEW ZEALAND POST SUPERANNUATION PLAN

Learn about your investment options

The Plan offers a choice of investments: the Short Term Fund, the Medium Term Fund and the Long Term Fund. You can choose to invest your account balances (the money you have in your accounts now) in any of the three funds – or a mix. If you like, you can choose a different fund or funds for your future contributions (the money contributed to your accounts in future).

Short Term Fund
Medium Term Fund
Long Term Fund
Lower risk; primarily designed for short-term saving up to three years
Medium risk; primarily designed for medium-term saving between three and 10 years
Higher risk; primarily designed for long-term saving (10+ years)
Benchmark
The benchmark is the mix of assets we aim to maintain in the normal course of events.
Allowable range
We can vary the mix of assets between these ranges if we think market conditions mean it is in your best interests.
Income assets 100%
Income assets 35–65%
Income assets 15–50%
Growth assets 0%%
Growth assets 35–65%
Growth assets 50–85%

Which option is best for you?

This depends on your personal circumstances. As a general rule, the closer you are to retirement, the less risk you will want to take on board. That’s because you have less time to ride out the highs and lows associated with returns from growth assets. When you make your choice, think about when you are likely to need to access your savings. (The names of the funds give an indication of the timeframes they are considered most suitable for.) It also pays to think about whether you’re comfortable accepting a higher level of risk in the hope your savings will grow more strongly over time. If you don’t like the idea of negative returns, you might be more comfortable in the Short Term Fund, even if you are likely to invest for a long time.

 
Savings timeframe
Risk/return profile
 
When you are likely to need to access the money
How you feel about risk
Short Term Fund
Up to three years
Not comfortable with the idea of a negative return
Medium Term Fund
Three to 10 years
Comfortable with the occasional negative return if it means a better chance of more long-term growth
Long Term Fund
More than 10 years
Comfortable with short-term volatility in order to maximise the chance of long-term growth

If you need help deciding which option to choose, you should speak to an authorised financial advisor.

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