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Forsyth Barr NZ Fixed Interest Fund

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The fund aims to achieve positive long-term returns by investing in selected New Zealand dollar denominated fixed interest assets, subject to the risks associated with investments in fixed interest markets.

Unit Price

AS AT 14 Jan 2021

1.9310 NZD

Buy/sell spreads may apply when transacting. There are currently none.

Month End Unit Price

As at 31 Dec 2020

1.9371 NZD

Manager's Comment

Market Commentary

The December quarter was a difficult period for New Zealand fixed interest investors. Indeed, returns for the Forsyth Barr NZ Fixed Interest Fund were negative for the December quarter.

In general, we were relatively well prepared for the move higher in New Zealand fixed interest yields that occurred over the last quarter, but could not protect investors from negative returns for the December month and quarter. 

Portfolio Positioning

The Forsyth Barr NZ Fixed Interest Fund slipped by -0.11% (gross of fees and tax) in the month of December, but outperformed the reference index by 0.12%. Over the quarter, the fund decreased by -0.77%, outperforming the reference index by 0.19%. We intend to continue to hold the securities currently in the fund and we have also been aggressively accumulating cash, which is around 10% of the fund’s value.

It’s important to note that we are not a long-term holder of cash - we see no logic with the Official Cash Rate at 0.25%. We expect to deploy the cash early in January, on the basis of our view that New Zealand bond yields have the potential to move higher from current levels.

Outlook

New Zealand’s economy has proven to be far more resilient than we originally expected 12 months ago. In general, consumer activity has returned to levels prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 virus and residential property prices, in aggregate, are at historic highs – boosting property owners’ perception of wealth and further stimulating household consumption.

Given this backdrop, we see the potential for the re-emergence of inflation later in the year and we have an expectation that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will need to gradually reduce the amount of monetary policy assistance from current levels. We expect this theme to become market consensus in the second quarter of 2021.

Major Investments

As at 31 Dec 2020

Company name Volume
ANZ transactional bank account 10.30%
Housing New Zealand 3.36% 12/06/2025 7.72%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 14/04/2033 3.50% 7.32%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2025 2.75% 5.51%
Housing New Zealand 3.42% 18/10/2028 5.15%
Housing New Zealand 2.97% 12/06/2023 3.35%
Bank of New Zealand Subordinated Note 17/12/2025 5.314% 3.17%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2027 4.50% 2.79%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 14/04/2022 2.75% 2.60%
Meridian Energy Limited 27/06/2025 4.21% 2.50%
Major holdings as % of total portfolio 50.40%
Total portfolio holdings 64

Performance over time

Return Comparison

As at 31 Dec 2020

1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Years* Since commenced operation*
*Annualised
Net Fund Return 1 Month -0.64% 3 Months -0.28% 1 Year 3.07% 3 Years* 3.30% Since commenced operation* 3.90%
Gross Fund Return 1 Month -0.83% 3 Months -0.20% 1 Year 5.12% 3 Years* 5.45% Since commenced operation* 6.35%
S&P/NZX Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index 1 Month -0.88% 3 Months -0.36% 1 Year 5.02% 3 Years* 5.27% Since commenced operation* 6.42%

The unit prices shown do not take into account any adjustment for PIE tax.

Net Fund Returns are calculated after deduction of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident paying individual tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). Gross Fund Returns are calculated before deduction of taxes and fund charges but after deduction of trading expenses. Market index returns do not have any deductions for fund charges, trading expenses or tax.

The S&P/NZX Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index (“Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by Forsyth Barr Limited. Copyright © 2015 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Redistribution, reproduction and/or photocopying in whole or in part are prohibited without written permission of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. For more information on any of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC’s indices please visit www.spdji.com. S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC, their affiliates nor their third party licensors make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC, their affiliates nor their third party licensors shall have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein.

Morningstar Performance

Morningstar, are a leading global provider of independent investment research that rank and report on Funds within New Zealand and Australia. View the latest Fund Report for the NZ Fixed Interest Fund here.

Fund update

As at 30 September 2020

This document tells you how the Forsyth Barr New Zealand Fixed Interest Fund has performed and what fees were charged. The document will help you to compare the fund with other funds.

General Fund Information

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Target investment mix

Cash and cash equivalents 5.00%
New Zealand fixed interest 90.00%
International fixed interest 5.00%
Australasian equities 0.00%
International equities 0.00%
Listed property 0.00%

Things to note

  • Manager: Forsyth Barr Investment Management Limited
  • Date the fund started: 26 June 2008
  • Tax status: Portfolio Investment Fund (PIE)
  • Minimum suggested investment time frame: At least three years
  • Benchmark: None
  • Currency: New Zealand dollars
  • View the Product Disclosure Statement for detailed information about this Fund and Forsyth Barr Investment Funds Scheme.

Fees

Annual fund charges are currently 0.78% p.a. of the value of your investment. This means that we pay management and administration charges along with the Supervisor fee out of this. All fees and charges are quoted exclusive of GST.

Trail commission may be paid to a Financial Adviser responsible for your Investment Funds account. Any trail fee is paid by Forsyth Barr Limited and is not a separate charge on your Investment Funds account.

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