1 Corporate and Investment Banking Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio Keeping you financially fit for retirement prosperity
2 Contents Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio 2 About the Core Retirement Annuity 2 The Core Retirement Annuity is ideal if 2 Benefits 3 Significant tax advantages 3 How the Core Retirement Annuity works 3 Annual review 5 Costs matter 5 Minimum investment amount 6 Fees 6 Accessing your Core Retirement Annuity 6 How to invest 6 Appendix 1 7 Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio (the Core Retirement Annuity ) is a uniquely designed low cost retirement annuity ( RA ) solution, based on so-called life stage investment philosophy. Life stage investing is based on the observation that investors risk appetites generally decline as they near their retirement date. In the Core Retirement Annuity, your exposure to risky assets is automatically reduced as you near retirement (visit etf.absacapital.com for more details about the investment methodology). About the Core Retirement Annuity The Core Retirement Annuity provides diversified exposure to various asset classes (domestic and international equity, property, commodities, fixed income and cash), subject to overall limits imposed by the Regulation 28 of the Regulations made under the Pension Funds Act, The portfolio is composed utilising passive building blocks (exchange traded funds and notes) to ensure low investment costs. The portfolio is rebalanced bi-annually. The Core Retirement Annuity is ideal if You want to top-up your pension or provident fund. You re self-employed. Your employer does not provide a pension or provident fund. You wish to reduce your tax liability. You are looking for a low cost retirement solution. You invest in yourself everyday. Why not invest in your future too? 2 Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio
3 Benefits Simplicity and convenience: Your portfolio is automatically adjusted each year so that your risk reduces closer to retirement. Easy to transact and manage: Simple online application process, investment tools, statements on demand, and recommended annual investment reviews. Low investment costs: Portfolio building blocks comprise low-cost passive investments (exchange traded funds and notes). Full transparency as to where your money is invested. Offered through the Absa Retirement Annuity Account: See Appendix 1 for additional benefits. Your RA will automatically be adjusted every year in line with the asset allocation that corresponds with your retirement age. Significant tax advantages Your contributions to a RA are tax deductible by up to 15% of your non-pensionable income. The return on investment earned on your RA is tax-free. And, at retirement, a significant portion of the cash sum is tax-free. How the Core Retirement Annuity works You will be placed into an asset allocation that is based on your length to retirement (life stage), according to information you provide on your current age and expected retirement age. If you are still far off from retirement, you will be placed in a portfolio with greater allocation to shares (equity). In the long run, this asset class typically produces higher returns and should recoup any short-term losses incurred by the higher risk. The opposite is true, the closer you are to retirement as the emphasis now is to protect your retirement nest egg. Your RA will automatically be adjusted every year to be in line with the asset allocation that corresponds with your retirement life stage. For illustration purposes figure 1 below shows the movement from higher to lower equity exposure as you approach retirement and figure 2 the detailed holdings per life stage. Figure 1 Asset Allocation % 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Years to Retirement Equity (Domestic and International) Other Asset Classes Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio 3
4 Figure 2: Fund holdings and total expenses ratios Fund Asset Class Years to retirement NewFunds erafi Overall NewFunds Equity Momentum NewFunds Swix db x-trackers MSCI World Index STANLIB SA Property NewFunds Govi NewFunds ILBI NewFunds Traci Domestic Equity Domestic Equity Domestic Equity 21.18% 21.18% 21.18% 21.18% 19.83% 18.42% 14.17% 8.64% 21.18% 21.18% 21.18% 21.18% 19.83% 18.42% 14.17% 8.64% 21.18% 21.18% 21.18% 21.18% 19.83% 18.42% 14.17% 8.64% International Equity 11.21% 11.21% 11.21% 11.21% 10.51% 9.75% 7.50% 9.07% Property 1.69% 1.69% 1.69% 1.69% 1.87% 1.86% 2.11% 2.93% Fixed Income 9.32% 9.32% 9.32% 9.32% 9.61% 11.79% 14.72% 14.06% Fixed Income 11.78% 11.78% 11.78% 11.78% 14.07% 18.23% 23.16% 17.40% Cash 2.46% 2.46% 2.46% 2.46% 4.45% 3.12% 10.01% 30.61% Consolidated Total Expense Ratio¹ 0.31% 0.31% 0.31% 0.31% 0.30% 0.30% 0.29% 0.28% Source: Absa 31 Jan 2014 ¹ The consolidated total expense ratio (TER) is a measure of the weighted average total expense ratios of the s that make up each years to retirement category. The TER is a measure of the s assets that have been sacrificed as payment for services rendered (allowable charges per prescribed industry standards) in the management of the (the TER excludes brokerage and transactional costs), expressed as a percentage of the daily average value of the portfolio and calculated over a 12 month rolling period. A higher TER does not necessarily imply a poor return, nor does a low TER imply a good return. The current TER cannot be regarded as an indication of future TERs. 4 Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio
5 Annual review Annually, you are encouraged to review your current situation to determine if you would like to make changes to your stipulated retirement age, and contribution level. If no action is taken you will remain in the existing asset allocation until your age bracket changes, whereby you are automatically re-allocated to the next asset allocation category. Costs matter South Africa has one of the highest cost bases for retirement savings in the world. Layers of administration fees, management and platform fees eat up a significant portion of your investment returns. The importance of all these fees is often overlooked as it is difficult to visualise a difference one percent of additional fees can make during the life of the investment especially important for the long-term investments such as those for retirement. In figure 3 on the following page the National Treasury of South Africa* highlights the potential effect that different annual fees might have on an individual s final retirement benefit over a period of 40 years. Annual fees vary from zero to five per cent along the horizontal axis. The vertical axis shows the final retirement benefit, re-scaled so that, in the case of no annual fees, the benefit equals 100. For instance, if the recurring charges deducted from the fund account of a regular saver are reduced from 2.5% to 0.5% of assets each year, he or she would receive a benefit 60% greater at retirement after 40 years, all else being equal. Alternatively, the saver could get the same retirement benefit by making contributions over his or her lifetime that are around 40% lower. Figure 3: Effect of recurring charges on retirement fund accumulations 100 Contributions Growth fees *Source: Treasury of South Africa (2013) Charges in South African retirement funds, [Online], Available:http:// in%20south%20african%20retirement%20funds.pdf [11 July 2013]. Note: These results assume regular contributions increasing at 6 per cent per year for 40 years. Although investment returns were assumed to be 10 per cent each year. Retirement benefit % 0.5% 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.0% 3.5% 4.0% 4.5% 5.0% Annual charge Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio 5
6 Minimum investment amount Lump sum investment: R Recurring investment (debit orders): R500 per month Additional investment: R5 000 Fees Annual administration fee * : 0.228% Consolidated total expense ratio of asset allocation categories (see figure 2 above): 0.28% % An annual processing fee of R228 per client is levied and is deducted pro rata from the investment on a quarterly basis. An additional retirement fund cost of approximately R34 per product per annum will be deducted. These are fund expenses and are directly related to, for example, annual auditing fees, fidelity insurance cover and trustee remuneration. There is no asset management fee charged. All fees quoted above are inclusive of VAT, which will be levied where applicable. *The annual administration fee is calculated on the market value of the units held in the fund. Any financial adviser initial and annual review fees are negotiable between you and your financial adviser, if applicable. This product aims to offer you a low cost retirement annuity and the fees are well below the industry average. Accessing your Core Retirement Annuity The Core Retirement Annuity is accessible at the correct retirement age. Despite early retirement, the earliest age is still 55. However, if you emigrate or suffer ill health, you will be able to access your RA before you retire. How to invest Application is directly online. Visit the how to invest page or product page at etf.absacapital.com and click on apply. Transfers from other registered funds Transfers from other approved Pension or Provident and Retirement Annuity Funds can be transferred free of tax into the AIMS Retirement Annuity Fund and are completed by filling out a manual transfer form downloadable under the how to invest page or product page at etf.absacapital.com 6 Absa Retirement Annuity Fund: Core Portfolio
7 Appendix 1: Absa Retirement Annuity Account The Absa Retirement Annuity Fund offers members a versatile and tax effective vehicle through which they can make the necessary provision for their retirement years in a flexible manner. Ideal investor The Absa Retirement Annuity Fund is suitable for individuals who: Are self-employed and do not belong to a pension or provident fund. Receive a salary and wish to make additional provision for their retirement years. Wish to reduce their tax liability. Seek to invest in a flexible retirement savings vehicle. Wish to make lump sum investments and/or recurring contributions to a retirement fund. Salient features The salient features of the Absa Retirement Annuity Fund are: Flexibility in terms of contributions and portfolio adjustments. Transparency related to fees, investment terms and underlying investment holdings. Regular reporting on portfolio holdings, investment values and transactions. No penalties related to aspects such as minimum investment term or contributions. Simplicity in terms of product features, fee structures and administrative processes. Investment term dependent on the selected retirement age, which may not be prior to the age of 55. Easy transition to a post-retirement income solution on the AIMS platform. Tax-free transfers from approved pension, provident, preservation or other retirement annuity funds. Special arrangements in the event of death or disability. Choice that allows for the construction of a diversified portfolio from a comprehensive range of funds within Prudential Investment Guidelines. Withdrawals prior to retirement are allowed where the total retirement benefit of the Retirement Annuity Fund is less than R The withdrawal will be seen as a lump sum benefit received (thus it forms part of the member s gross income) and not a withdrawal, and as such will be taxed at the member s normal tax bracket. Full withdrawals are allowed where the member is emigrating from the Republic of South Africa. Proceeds will be subject to tax. Benefits Retirement Benefits On retirement a cash lump sum of up to onethird of the retirement benefit may be taken. The remaining two-thirds of the retirement benefit is used to purchase a compulsory annuity. In the event that the total retirement benefit, on retirement, is equal to or less than R then 100% of the retirement benefit may be taken as a cash lump sum subject to tax. Death Benefits In the event of the death of the member prior to retirement date, the benefit will be paid to the member s dependants or nominated beneficiaries in such proportions as the trustees deem equitable or, failing such persons, the member s estate. The dependants have the following options subject to the trustees decision: Convert to a cash lump sum equal to onethird of the value of the investment and use the remaining balance to purchase a compulsory annuity. The dependents may elect to receive the full benefit as a cash lump sum, subject to tax. Disability Benefits In the event of a member becoming permanently disabled prior to age 55, the member may apply to the trustees of the fund to be allowed to retire early on the basis of disability. The member may, subject to income tax, convert to a cash lump sum equal to onethird of the value of the benefit or may elect to receive the full benefit as a cash lump sum where the benefit is equal to or less than R Tax implications In terms of current legislation, members are entitled to deduct their contributions from taxable income, within certain limits. On retirement the member may take up to one-third of the retirement benefit proceeds available in cash, of which a portion may be received tax-free. In addition to this any contributions that the member may have made in the past that did not rank for deduction may increase the tax-free portion. The balance of the retirement benefit proceeds must be used to purchase a compulsory annuity. The income from this annuity is subject to normal tax. During the term of the investment no tax is levied on any interest income, net rental income and/or foreign dividends earned, within the fund.
8 Contact information Absa Client Contact Centre: +27 (0) Website: FAIS Act Notice and Disclaimer Absa Bank Limited, registration number 1986/004794/06 (ABSA) is an authorised financial services provider in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 37 of 2002 (FAIS). This product is supplied by Absa Bank Limited and administered by Absa Investment Management Services (Pty) Ltd (collectively referred to as Absa). The information contained herein is not advice as defined and contemplated in the FAIS Act. No information contained herein is to be used or construed by you as an offer to sell and/or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities and/or any other financial product ( products ) of any nature. The information contained herein including all research, opinions or other content is not intended to and does not constitute financial, accounting, tax, legal, investment or other professional advice. Absa does not act in any way as a financial advisor and does not hold itself out to be such. Investors are encouraged to obtain independent professional investment advice before investing in any of Absa s products. Please note that merits of any investment should be carefully considered together with the investor s specific risk profile and investment objectives. Prior to investing or transacting, you should fully understand the products and any risks and issues related to or associated with them. The products may involve a high degree of risk including, but not limited to, the risk of low or no investment returns, capital loss, adverse or unanticipated financial market fluctuations, inflation and currency exchange. Retirement Annuities are long term investments. The value of the underlying solution may go down as well as up and past performance is not generally a guide to the future. The information, views and opinions expressed herein are based on third party sources believed by Absa to be reliable and are therefore expressed in good faith. Illustrations are not guaranteed but are for illustrative purposes only. All views and estimates are given as of the date hereof and may change without notice. Absa may not request or induce in any manner a client to waive any right or benefit conferred on the client by or in terms of any provision of the FAIS General Code of Conduct, or recognise, accept or act on any such waiver by the client. Neither Absa, its affiliates, holding company, subsidiaries or directors, shareholders, agents, consultants or employees shall be liable for any damages or losses suffered by you resulting from your use of this document or the information contained therein, including without limitation any indirect, special or consequential losses whether arising out of contract, delict or equity. Absa expressly disclaims any liability for any damage or loss as a result of errors or omissions. This document is for information purposes only and may be amended without notice. Absa holds adequate professional indemnity and fidelity insurance cover to meet its contractual obligations. The Conflict of Interest Management Policy and the Complaints Resolution Policy and Procedure may be accessed on or may be requested from the Compliance Department. Product Supplier Absa Bank Limited Registration Number 1986/004794/06 Authorised Financial Services Provider with FSP number 292 and Registered Credit Provider Reg No NCRCP7. Registered address 7 th Floor, Barclays Towers West, 15 Troye Street, Johannesburg, 2001, Postal address 15 Alice Lane, Sandton, Box 7735, Johannesburg, 2023,Internet address Administrator Absa Investment Management Services (Pty) Ltd (AIMS) Registration Number 1980/002425/07, Authorised Financial Services Provider with FSP number 524, approved benefit administrator in terms of section 13B of the Pension Funds Act with registration number 24/246, Registered address, Absa Investments Campus, Block D/E, 61 Empire Road, Parktown, 2193, Postal address, PO Box 974, Johannesburg, 2000 Telephone number , Fax number , Internet address https://www.absainvestments.co.za