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There’s no doubt the last two years have been full of extraordinary challenges. Following the outbreak of the pandemic, the lockdowns and restrictions imposed by governments around the globe hit economies and markets hard and fast. What followed was unprecedented fiscal and monetary support to avert an economic meltdown not seen since the Great Depression.
Consistent with its goal to place sustainability at the centre of its investment approach, Mercer New Zealand has committed to a target of net-zero absolute carbon emissions by 2050 for its investment funds[i]. This represents a total of $10 billion NZD in assets under management as at 31 May 2021. To achieve this, Mercer expects to reduce portfolio carbon emissions by 45 per cent from 2020 baseline levels by 2030.
The MCGPI, in its 13th year, is a comprehensive study of global pension systems, accounting for almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of the world’s population. It benchmarks 43 retirement income systems around the world highlighting shortcomings in each system and suggesting possible areas of reform to provide more adequate and sustainable retirement benefits.
An increasingly volatile investment environment and the complexities of modern portfolios has driven greater demand for external investment consulting and management among investors, contributing to an almost 60 per cent increase in Mercer New Zealand’s assets under management over the past three years. The firm announced today that it had reached a new milestone of $10 billion NZD in New Zealand, with $1 billion NZD in new mandates secured in 2021 alone.
Mercer New Zealand has announced significant changes to its KiwiSaver products, continuing to enhance its responsible investing approach, with all NZD $2.4 billion in Mercer’s KiwiSaver funds to be invested in more focused socially responsible investment strategies.
Growing its local specialist expertise in alternatives and private markets, Mercer has announced the appointment of Marcus De Kock in the role of Alternatives Investment Director for the Pacific region. De Kock’s appointment follows strong consulting and multi-manager growth for the $15.96 trillion USD global asset consultant (assets under advisement as at June 30, 2020), as well as significant client interest in alternative asset classes in the Pacific region.