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Fisher Funds to acquire another 4,000 KiwiSaver members from the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions

Fisher Funds to acquire another 4,000 KiwiSaver members from the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions
Carmel Fisher

By Amanda Morrall

Boutique fund manager Fisher Funds Management has grown its KiwiSaver scheme yet again with plans to net 4,000 more members through a partnership with the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions (NZACU).

The fast growing KiwiSaver provider, which last March acquired about 80,000 members through a take-over deal of Huljich Wealth Management KiwiSaver scheme, announced today plans to take on savers enrolled through various credit unions in New Zealand. (See Amanda Morrall double shot interview with Carmel Fisher here).

The move, before the Financial Markets Authority for consideration, will see the fund manager grow its exposure to the retirement savings market even further because of an exclusive distribution of its KiwiSaver through the NZACU which has 210,000 members belonging to 110 branches. In May 2011, Fisher Funds brokered a deal with mortgage brokers Mike Pero for an exclusive distribution deal with its agents.

Fisher Funds manager director Carmel Fisher said the pairing between the two 100% Kiwi-owned businesses was a good one giving their underlying values and principles.

"We share a genuine commitment to making a difference in people's lives and look forward to working together to make investing understandable, enjoyable and profitable for all credit union members.''

NZACU's chief executive officer, Henry Lynch, said credit union members would benefit from the arrangement with Fisher Funds in terms of lower costs, "greater member communication" and a "strong long-term performance track record.''

Fisher Funds growth fund has performed favourably relative to its peers since KiwiSaver was launched in 2007. (See our performance ranking list here).

According to research house Morningstar's KiwiSaver performance benchmarking, Fisher Funds growth fund has returned 1.8% per annum (after fees) for four years making it the second best performing fund of its kind. That compares with a peer group average of 0.1% per annum for four years.

It's newly introduced conservative fund, one year on, has returned 4.6% per annum putting it in ninth place in terms of 12 month performance. (See Morningstar's full report on KiwiSaver performance here).

The acquisition of Huljich's KiwiSaver division last year saw Fisher Funds membership grow overnight from 20,500 to almost 100,000 with $400 million in assets transforming it into one of the largest non-default schemes in the country. That followed a more modest take over of First NZ Capital's KiwiSaver business with 1,000 members. (Amanda Morrall reports on the details here).

Fisher Funds says it currently has about 110,000 KiwiSaver members and manages more than NZ$1 billion in total for about 130,000 people.

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Carmel will be pleased her new sexed up advertising campaign has generated increased business.

Gone is the conservative fund manager image. She's adopted a much more sexy image in recent months. Witness how much leg she shows in her advertisments these days.

I guess she relised she has certain advantages over Gareth Morgan and  co. She looks much better sitting, sorry relaxing, cross-legged in a chair than Sir Douglas Graham could ever have done.

I will bet the biggest growth in new investors has been middle- aged men. Can anyone prove me wrong?


Its called leveraging your assets to maximise returns.


don't you mean leggeraging


I am sure Carmel Fisher is absolutely over the moon that the only comments are about her clothes.     I hope Gareth Morgan has a nice shirt on next time he says something.  It's important.


Any chance of a comparison with the returns on kiwisaver investments with the returns on investing (ROI) in the company that provides kiwisaver accounts. ROI to be calculated before deductions for drawings of super profits if any.

Would this level of transparency cause the peasants to revolt or admire the virtuesof these people for rewarding the risk takers with a similiar or better return to what they are getting.