It is potentially a confusing time right now for anyone with a KiwiSaver who is aware of how markets are currently performing. It may cause us to scramble and to think if there any quick decisions or actions we can make as a response. This is a message of assurance to not panic and that we are here for you.

What is important to remember is to stick with your plan and not to make sudden decisions like changing your fund as a knee-jerk reaction. Look at your own situation and determine whether you are in the right fund for your circumstances. If you need more information about our different fund types, click here.

Samantha Barrass, the Chief Executive of Financial Markets Authority New Zealand (FMA), recently spoke with NBR and reminded investors that markets do recover.

“If you’re investing for the medium to long term, it’s best you hold your nerve and not leap into more conservative funds because you will just crystallise your loss at the point… Hold the course, don’t panic”. (McNicol, 2022)

Recently, in June 2022, the FMA also published research around New Zealanders’ attitudes towards financial markets and investing. Here are some highlights which may help inform your thinking during this time:

  • “Eight in ten New Zealanders hold at least one investment product (82%). KiwiSaver is still the most commonly held among New Zealanders (64%).”
  • “Nearly three-quarters of investors (74%) feel slightly, fairly or very confident that New Zealand financial markets and financial service providers offer good long-term opportunities for investors.”

If you are interested in more information about this research from the FMA, click here. If you are seeking financial advice, we recommend you speak with a financial advisor.

Anglican Financial Care (AFC), the fund manager of Christian KiwiSaver Scheme, is an organisation with a long-standing experience. Established in 1972, AFC is celebrating 50 years of serving its members this year. We look forward to continuing to serve your KiwiSaver needs.

“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89:8-9 (NIV)

 

Notes

McNicol, H. (2022, June 16). Biblical turbulence: Kiwis should hold nerve as confidence slips. NBR. Retrieved from https://www.nbr.co.nz

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