Investors who work with advisers are on track to achieve better outcomes in their KiwiSaver accounts.
Data from ANZ and Booster shows that KiwiSaver members who work with advisers have more allocation to growth assets.
At Booster, investors aged between 17 and 32 have 30% higher exposure to growth assets, which chief investment officer David Beattie said was due in part to the effect of unadvised default members ending up in conservative funds.
But even between age 33 and 60, members with an adviser had 15% allocation to growth.
“The risk profile of average advised members from 40 to 65 becomes more risk averse as they get older, which is what you would expect,” Beattie said.
“However, the average unadvised member’s risk profiles for 40 to 65 is not changing and in fact strangely spikes up at the end.”
He said the flat average risk profiles of advised members aged 15-35 would be more aggressive and more downward sloping were it not for first-home withdrawals.
“That supports the hypothesis that they are being advised well.”
At ANZ, general manager of wealth products Ana-Marie Lockyer said, when default clients and those in lifetimes funds were taken out of the mix, the data showed that there was a higher bias to growth funds, either diversified or single sector, in the One Answer KiwiSaver fund for members with advisers.
“That seems to be prevalent at all age groups except 26 to 35 when they are more likely not to have a bias to growth because they tend to be saving for a first home.”
The biggest difference was in people aged over 46, she said.
Over an investor’s lifetime, more exposure to growth assets should lead to better outcomes.
Beattie said there was still not strong demand for KiwiSaver advice. Booster has now sent out two years of statements with a forecast lump sum and indication of the retirement income that could be expected.
“We through that might be a catalyst for clients with advisers to contact their advisers and ask ‘what can I do to lift that’ but there has not been a lot of engagement, It’s not quite at the forefront of their minds.”
He said it might not e until average balances hit about $30,000 that people became more concerned.
Chris Douglas, director of manager rating research at Morningstar Asia-Pacific said advisers could also be expected to help clients stay the course when markets were shaky, boosting their returns.