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FMA confirms KiwiSaver fees methodology

Page last updated: 19 Jul 2017

Media release
MR No. 2017 – 32
19 July 2017

The FMA has confirmed the methodology KiwiSaver scheme providers must use when calculating the dollar amount of fees paid by KiwiSaver investors for annual statements. The FMA wants to ensure providers are calculating fees accurately without burdening them with unnecessary costs and ensuring they have time to comply.

KiwiSaver scheme providers must allocate fees charged at the fund level to investors using one of the methods below:

a)      The investor’s average balance
b)      The investor’s balance at the date the units of the fund are valued

This will enable all providers to provide fees in dollar terms as required for annual statements to be sent to members in 2018.

Our preference is for providers to use method b), the investor’s balance at the date the units of the fund are valued. The methodology notice will be reviewed within 5 years, including a decision about whether all KiwiSaver scheme providers will be required to use method b).

The details of the methodology and response to submissions are contained in the regulatory impact statement published here.


Edwin Mitson
Ph: 021 702 036