Annual statements FY21

Report on fund investment performance for the year ended 31 March 2021

The 2020/21 financial year offered a stark contrast to the previous financial year and several of our Funds produced their strongest annual return in their history. 


MAS KiwiSaver Funds Returns for FY21 vs FY20 graph

Returns are after fees, before tax. Returns for Retirement Savings Plan funs are very similar.


The full year returns are abnormally high – largely due to coming off a large COVID-19 related market drop in February and March of last year. 

There were two main driving forces behind the dramatic turnaround:

  • The actions taken by governments and central banks to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including wage subsidies, low interest rates, and direct lending to banks. 

  • The rapid development of effective vaccines for COVID-19 and the rollout of mass vaccination programmes. 

Together, these factors helped avoid the worst-case social and economic scenarios that investors feared at the end of the 2019/20 financial year, leading to increased confidence in global share markets. In fact, many share markets reached record levels with investors expecting strong growth once national lockdowns came to an end. 

MAS KiwiSaver Plan and Retirement Savings Plan Funds benefitted from the rebounds in global financial markets. While there was a dramatic COVID-related slump in fund performance at the end of March 2020, our Funds have more than recovered these losses over the past year. 


MAS KiwiSaver Plan Fund Daily Unit Prices FY 20-21


The rise in Fund unit prices over the year was driven by strong returns from all asset classes (other than cash), with the performance of our investment manager, JBWere, in Australian equities (part of the Australasian equities asset class) a particular highlight.


Fund Asset Class Returns – Year ended 31 March 2021

Returns are those achieved by the MAS KiwiSaver Balanced Fund and are before fees and taxes. Asset class returns for other MAS funds are very similar. 



Our funds have a higher-than-usual allocation to growth assets such as Australasian and international equities. This reflects the positive view that our investment manager, JBWere has on the long-term prospects of these asset classes, compared with more defensive asset classes such as fixed interest and cash.

However, JBWere does expect continued volatility in financial markets over the next few quarters as investors try to assess the anticipated economic recovery. The main question will be whether the recovery continues at a rate that boosts company profits or whether share markets will become overheated, forcing central banks to raise official cash rates more than anticipated, crimping company profits and reducing share price valuations. 

You can learn more about JBWere's investment outlook here.

We can help

The big swings in financial markets over the past year shows it's important to have a sound investment strategy and stick to it. 

To help you formulate your own retirement investment strategy, arrange a free consultation with a MAS adviser. To book an online or phone meeting, complete this form and we'll be in touch. 

It's also important to make sure you're in the right fund for your risk appetite. You can use our online risk profile questionnaire to see if you're in the right fund for your circumstances. 

If you decide to switch your fund after reviewing your risk profile or meeting an adviser, you will need to complete an investment strategy change request form: 

MAS KiwiSaver Plan

MAS Retirement Savings Plan

There is no fee for switching. 

Once you are comfortable with your investment strategy, you can see weekly updates on fund unit prices and returns on our website:

MAS KiwiSaver Plan

MAS Retirement Savings Plan


The Trustees of the Medical Assurance Society KiwiSaver Plan and the Medical Assurance Society Retirement Savings Plan are the issuer and manager of each of those Plans. 

The Product Disclosure Statement for the Medical Assurance Society KiwiSaver Plan is available here.

The Product Disclosure Statement for the Medical Assurance Society Retirement Savings Plan is available here

This article is of a general nature and is not a substitute for professional and individually tailored advice. Medical Assurance Society KiwiSaver and Retirement Savings Plan Trustees, Medical Assurance Society New Zealand Limited, JBWere (NZ) Pty Ltd and Bancorp Treasury Services Limited, their parent companies and associated entities do not guarantee the return of capital or the performance of investment funds. Returns indicated may bear no relation to future performance. The value of investments will fluctuate as the values of underlying assets rise or fall. 

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