Who would this fund suit?
The fund is most suited to investors who:
> Want the stability of a higher proportion of income assets.
> Have a medium to longer term investment time horizon.
> Want some capital growth.
> Have a lower risk profile and can tolerate some volatility.
Recommended minimum investment
Investment style timeframe - 5 years
The fund is an index tracking investment fund (also known as a passive fund). This means the
11+ Years 1 Year
fund aims to track the return of the markets in which it is invested. For example, investments in
10 Years 2 Years
New Zealand Cash track the ANZ 90 Day Bank Bill Index. The benefits of this style of investing
are: confidence as an investor that you will get a return similar to the markets the fund is
9 Years 3 Years
invested in; and index tracking investment funds generally have lower investment management
fees than actively managed investment funds. This is important because fees may have a big
8 Years 4 Years
impact on returns over time. The Conservative Fund invests in a relatively high proportion of
diversified income assets (cash and fixed interest) and a lower proportion of diversified growth 7 Years 5 Years
assets (shares and property). 6 Years
Investment ladder Asset allocation
HIGH HIGH Shares
Market index and underlying fund manager as at 31 December 2010
Asset class Market index Underlying fund manager Asset allocation
NZ Cash ANZ 90 Day Bank Bill Index ASB Group Investments Limited 21%
NZ Fixed Interest 50% ANZ NZ Government Stock Index; and ASB Group Investments Limited 21%
50% ANZ A-Grade Corporate Bonds Index
World Fixed Interest Citigroup World Government State Street Global Advisors Australia 28%
Bond Index Limited & Vanguard Investments
Australasian Shares 50% NZX 50 Index; Colonial First State Asset 10%
and 50% S&P/ASX 200 Index Management (Australia) Limited
Global Property Shares UBS Global Real Estate Investors Index Vanguard Investments Australia 8%
World Shares MSCI World (ex Australia) Index Vanguard Investments Australia 12%
Underlying fund manager, market index and asset allocation may change from time to time
Fund details as at 31 December 2010
First investor application 12 October 2007
Number of investors 1,259
Manager ASB Group Investments Limited
Trustee Trustees Executors Limited
Portfolio Investment Entity (PIE) Yes
Management Fee (% p.a. of the gross asset value) 1.00%
Trustee Fee (Maximum % p.a. of the gross asset value subject to a minimum annual
fee of $20,000 across all EasyFunds)
Service Fee (A one off charge included in the entry unit price) 0.45%
GST is currently payable on the management fee and trustee fee in part, as agreed with the Inland Revenue Department. The Trustee and Manager
are entitled to be reimbursed out of the fund’s assets for costs incurred relating to the operation and administration of the fund. Fees may change
from time to time.
Manager’s commentary as at 31 December 2010
The Conservative Fund’s value rose by 4.92% in the past six months. The Conservative Fund’s diversified portfolio, including 30%
exposure to shares and property, contributed to the positive performance over the past six months. Sharemarkets gained momentum
with the prospects of further quantitative easing in the US over the latter part of 2010 which was confirmed when it was announced
in early November. The expectation is that the second round of quantitative easing (the purchase of US$600 billion of US Treasuries
through to June 2011) will boost asset prices. The US economic outlook is starting to look brighter assisted by the monetary and
fiscal policies instigated by the US government and the Federal Reserve. During December, sharemarkets reached levels last seen
prior to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Increased investor risk appetites for the broader world sharemarkets
assisted the listed property sector, along with the improving economic outlook.
Returns as at 31 December 2010 (before tax and after fees)
10% 3 Months 0.77%
6 Months 4.92%
1 Year 6.15%
2% 3 Years (p.a.) 3.10%
0% 5 Years (p.a.) N/A
Return since inception (p.a.) 2.66%
Fund returns are before tax and after fees
3 Months 6 Months 1 year 3 years
Disclosures and Disclaimers:
For more information, please refer to the EasyFunds investment statement. EasyFunds are provided by ASB Group Investments Limited (“ASB Group Investments”). ASB Group Investments is a subsidiary of
ASB Bank Limited and is part of the ASB group of companies. ASB Group Investments’ ultimate parent company is Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance as returns fluctuate according to market conditions. Fund returns are before tax and after fees and are based on unit price
movement adjusted for tax credits and formation losses from commencement of PIE status (1 October 2007).
The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are based on information believed but not warranted to be correct. Any views or information, whilst given in good faith, are not necessarily the views
of ASB Group Investments or ASB Bank Limited and are given with an express disclaimer of responsibility. No right of action shall arise against ASB Group Investments or ASB Bank Limited or its employees
either directly or indirectly out of any views or information contained in this brochure.
This brochure does not constitute investment advice to any person. You should consider seeking financial advice before making an investment decision.
Neither Trustees Executors Limited, ASB Group Investments, ASB Bank Limited and its subsidiaries (the “Banking Group”), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, nor any other company in the Commonwealth
Bank of Australia Group, nor any other person guarantees the securities referred to in this brochure (including the repayment of any capital) or the performance of those securities (including any of the
investments or returns made in respect of the securities). The securities referred to in this brochure do not represent bank deposits or liabilities of the Banking Group or any other party and are subject to
investment risk including the loss of income and principal invested.
EasyFund Conservative ASB Bank Limited 56520 1460D 0211