Super fund hit by shares fall

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund's 60 per cent exposure to global equities cost it last month, helping produce a $230 million loss in the month.

The fund made a negative return of 1.37 per cent last month compared with a positive 4.76 per cent return in July.

It has made a 5.85 per cent annualised return since inception in the 2003/04 year.

The fund had $16.21 billion as at August 31.

The $230 million negative return last month was after fees.

The fund said a large decline in the global equity market in the month was offset only slightly by a rally in the global fixed income market.

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