May 2020 – Equity Market Outlook Webinar

In this Webinar, the Investment team gives their outlook for markets, stocks, and sectors we are watching, and discusses what has driven markets to date and more importantly the outlook from here. So far 2020 has been a wild ride for equity markets, with a record-breaking sell-off in terms of the speed of market moves, […]

Guest Blog – I recently changed my KiwiSaver to CareSaver

Author – Kate Hall (aka Ethically Kate) Title – I recently changed my KiwiSaver to CareSaver Date – 16/04/2020 About the Author – I live and breathe sustainable living and ethical fashion. This alternative way of consuming and existing dominates my every waking moment- and sometimes more. Ethical fashion and living are no longer my hobbies, […]

4 things I can’t believe are happening in our world

Our recent list of “4 things I can’t believe” included some surprising (but largely negative) insights.  Many people encouraged us to produce a list of startling but positive observations about our world looking forward.  So here we go with our 4 positive surprises: 1 – Technology may leapfrog ahead:  Some politicians offshore say their country […]

Renovating Boardrooms

At CareSaver we want to invest in companies that are socially responsible – which from a ‘people’ perspective includes their governance, leadership and how they look after their staff.   Representation of women on boards is an important part of this. In this article (published in the autumn edition of Good Magazine) CareSaver CEO John Berry […]

Negative Oil

Hamesh Sharma of Pathfinder/CareSaver with an overview of the implications for energy stocks and airlines such as Air New Zealand. What does the future hold for oil? Late in April, for the first time ever, West Texas crude oil futures plunged to a negative value (a day before they expired) meaning that people were being […]

Charity News

Our charity family donations from launch (31 July 2019) to 31 March 2020 are $15,000 (plus $5,000 of additional donations) Kia ora to our charity whānau! We wish you and your teams well during this difficult period.  While we hope that your charity and all your supporters are flourishing, we know the best to really […]

Engagement works…

Shareholder pressure can make a difference. After many years of ignoring the issue, Starbucks has finally decided to shift their business away from single use cups and have committed to reducing store waste by 50% by 2030 This is absolutely because shareholders have pressured Starbucks to behave more sustainably. Last year a proposal to reduce […]

This is crazy right?

The price of futures contracts on US Crude Oil just went negative, yes negative! For the first time ever, West Texas Crude Oil futures plunged to a negative value at -US$37 a barrel! This means that today, people are being paid to accept barrels of oil. This may seem absurd, but there are very good reasons. […]

Video – What KiwiSaver Management Style works best?

In this video, CEO John Berry discusses the different types of management style, and which works best, Active or Passive… Join CareSaver today

Guest Blog – My Journey Through Ethical Investing

Author – Anthea Madill Title – My journey through ethical investing Date – 15/04/2020 About the Author Anthea is the director of Clever Green Limited and Remix Plastic, through which she strives to provide education that encourages and empowers individuals to make sustainable changes.  Anthea has a BSc in Zoology. She trained as a PADI […]

CareSaver – Active management doing what it should

New KiwiSaver provider CareSaver is claiming a win for active, ethical management as its funds beat competitors through the Covid-19 market turbulence. Tuesday, April 7th 2020, 6:00AM Morningstar has released new data showing that on average, KiwiSaver conservative funds were down 2.98% in March, balanced down 8%, growth down 10.56% and aggressive down 11.91%. Over […]

KiwiSaver – it’s down but it’s safe

In this time of financial crisis many KiwiSaver investors are really worried.  How far can their balance fall?  Can someone just take their money from their KiwiSaver?  In this article published on the Stuff website, our CEO John Berry answers these questions and provides reassurance on why you should stay positive that your KiwiSaver remains […]

An update from the team at CareSaver

Stock markets around the world have continued to show extreme volatility as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Governments all around the world have taken dramatic measures, and now more than 1.5 billion people globally are isolating at home in the same way we are about to in New Zealand. At CareSaver, we are positive and optimistic […]

How to invest without committing ‘climate crime’

Companies unprepared for a low-carbon society are taking unacceptable risks, Paul Brownsey of Pathfinder Asset Management tells ROB STOCK. Q. Pathfinder’s CareSaver is the only KiwiSaver scheme to measure its funds’ carbon footprints. Really? In this day and age? A. Unless we have missed the news, we are the only KiwiSaver to report the carbon […]

Market volatility – a Q&A with Fund Managers

Our friends at Sharesies recently posted a Q&A with fund managers, talking about the current volatility. Paul Brownsey, our Chief Investment Officer, gave his thoughts on how to navigate this period of market uncertainty. As a fund manager, how do you respond to market dips? We’re an active manager, so we’re always re-assessing our reasons for having […]

5 tips to avoid coronavirus chaos in your KiwiSaver

As the coronavirus crisis intensifies, many people are thinking of switching their KiwiSaver from a Growth or Balanced fund to Conservative. Before you make that move please read and consider this article written by our CEO, John Berry. It is a really big decision for your retirement savings and financial future You can switch to […]

Investor Update

Global markets remain extremely volatile, with market swings comparable to those experienced during the worst of the 2008 financial crisis. We are in a fast-moving and fluid situation with regard to the impact of coronavirus on financial markets. Measures to contain the spread of the virus continue around the globe, with both Australia and New […]

5 questions to ask right now about your KiwiSaver….

With extreme market volatility, we all want reassurance that our KiwiSaver is managed with great care as markets go down. Markets have been hit hard with the S&P 500 falling 25% from its peak only 5 weeks ago. To manage these difficult times, what do we think is important right now? Obviously, compassion as a […]

How we are dealing with Coronavirus

It has been a tough few weeks in the investment markets, with lots of excited commentators predicting doom and gloom. Year to date, the wider equity markets are down around 16%. Our active approach to managing the CareSaver Funds has resulted in our Growth Fund down just 2.1%, our Balanced Fund down 1.1% and our […]

KiwiSaver members won’t be shortchanged by managers cutting fossil fuels

OPINION: It helps the planet and your pocket to exclude fossil fuel companies from your KiwiSaver. That suggestion has been both praised and mocked over the last week after the Government announced that, from 2021, default KiwiSaver funds won’t be investing in oil or coal companies. Default KiwiSaver funds are the funds you end up in […]

Market Volatility….

Market volatility as investors react to the Coronavirus is very much in the news. We believe at times like this it is important to have your savings with a manager that actively positions your savings in a careful manner. We posted a couple of days ago about how we are responding to the market turmoil; […]

No room for complacency in 2020

Headlines in 2019 were dominated by trade wars, astronomical valuation multiples for some technology stocks, the long-awaited correction (and unexpected recovery) in housing across Australia and New Zealand, and importantly – central banks around the globe drastically changing their stance on interest rates; lowering rates to keep the economy and markets moving forward. This was a major difference […]

Tanks, torpedoes and tasers: Why weapons are a conundrum for KiwiSavers

You don’t want your retirement savings invested in nuclear bombs, sure. But what about conventional defence equipment that’s also used for essential civilian purposes? This month’s assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and the Australian navy’s evacuation of people escaping bushfires are two very different events, but they highlight the dilemma faced by KiwiSavers wanting […]

How to be a positive, ethical investor

Ethical investors are often told what to avoid investing in, but there is little guidance on the investments to actively seek. This is surprising given that positive ethical investing is much more interesting, more profitable and more likely to effect change in the world. We all know the ‘sin stocks’ to avoid. Tobacco tops the […]

A message to Westland and KiwiSaver investors: Coal is finished

Most of the coal reserves on corporates’ balance sheets will never be extracted meaning they are worthless. This has implications for people’s retirement savings, writes John Berry. Westland’s mayor Bruce Smith recently rallied against proposed restrictions on West Coast coal mining, telling Radio New Zealand “coal is a critical part of how we live every day”. It’s […]

Business should have a social purpose

Many companies have a sustainability focus and achieve great things for New Zealand. But equally there are companies that do harm. It may be social harm – there are more than a hundred exploitive employers on the Labour Inspectorate’s ‘blacklist’ for breaching minimum employment standards. Others cause environmental harm; the worst in recent times was […]

Getting out of sunset industries

In 1980, seven of the 10 largest US companies were involved in fossil fuels. Today there’s only one, Exxon Mobil, which ranks at number 10. Technology companies like Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google) and Amazon now dominate. Fossil fuel businesses are widely seen as operating a sunset industry; one that is in terminal decline. […]

Winner – Alternatives Fund of the Year

Last week, our parent Company Pathfinder won the Alternatives Fund of the Year for the Global Water Fund at the GoodReturns Fund Manager of the Year Awards. This award judges funds on return, volatility as well as qualitative measures like quality of the team, consistency and how good the overall investor experience is. Paul, John […]
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The Switch That Makes A Difference

Switch to CareSaver and 20% of our fee goes to a charity of your choice. So your KiwiSaver Plan is not only working to benefit you, it’s helping others at the same time.
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The Power of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is a key investment theme for CareSaver, as we expect the global shift to renewables to continue to gain momentum. It’s driven by a range of factors including massive improvements in technology, regulatory settings for carbon and consumer preferences.
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What We’re Doing About Climate Change

Investments that change the world Climate change is recognised as a massive issue in Europe, in fact in the European elections 48% of voters said climate change was their top concern!  Heatwaves through Europe this summer turned many towns and cities into a furnace. It’s not new for Europe – the heatwave of 2003 is […]
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Why are Australian banks investing in Nuclear Weapons companies

New Zealanders have strong and clear opinions about where our money is invested, and not supporting the manufacture of nuclear weapons is right at the top of the list. Our country has a long and proud anti-nuclear weapon history.
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New KiwiSaver fund refuses to invest in all-male companies

For lots of New Zealanders, KiwiSavers are among the biggest assets we own. But how can we make sure that the funds we invest that money in are investing in socially-conscious companies? John Berry has started up a new fund called CareSaver, aiming to do just that, and joins us to explain how it works.
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‘Responsible investment: changing the world one dollar at a time’

Gains to animal welfare, climate change and the environment from ‘conscious consumerism’ have been profound. Free-range eggs, eco-friendly cleaning products and organic foods were once choices only available in the shopping aisles of health-food stores.
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Sustainable Investing

“There’s more companies doing it. It used to be more of a boutique thing. I think it’s going mainstream now.” Sustainable investing is set to be the 'next big thing' in the market, contact our advisers for a more in-depth overview.