Booster Client Update - Adding yield and resilience through unlisted investments
Adding yield and resilience through unlisted investments
For most investors, lower interest rates have been a key feature of the past 10 years, thanks to the extraordinary policies adopted by the world’s central banks. This has particularly reduced income returns on fixed interest investments, raising the question of how best to deliver the “income” part of Farming portfolio returns in the years ahead. Fixed interest investments (like bonds) still have a very valid part to play in providing a promised rate of return and supporting performance when shares are weaker. However, today’s environment calls for a wider approach to broaden portfolios’ source of returns, while also increasing their resilience to the fluctuations in share markets.
Compared to traditional portfolios focused on “listed” investments, the best opportunity to achieve this comes from adding investments that are not traded on share markets (i.e., “unlisted” investments). History shows that these benefit from an extra return “premium” in exchange for less ability to sell on short notice. This adds to the benefit of having a wider range of investments to choose from – particularly relative to NZ’s share market. A more unique feature of unlisted investments is the ability to have greater input into their management (try influencing Google’s policies!) The key factors to manage are the appropriate allocation, given unlisted investments’ lower saleability (so still only a minority part of overall portfolios) and ensuring the right “due diligence” processes are in place for each investment.
However, a key strength of this approach is the ability to improve investments’ overall income yield. While residential property yields remain stubbornly low, carefully targeted investments in direct rural and commercial property, higher-yielding shares in unlisted NZ companies, and infrastructure investments all provide potential ways to achieve this. Importantly, these areas combine the best features of income yield with some protection against higher inflation down the track. Not least, it gives us as investors the ability to do well by doing good – to improve portfolio returns while supporting kiwi businesses taking on the world.
Market & Portfolio Update - April 2022
Global share markets continued their choppy start to 2022 during April.For New Zealand based investors, a fall in the NZ dollar played an important role in helping offset the volatility global share markets experienced. The NZ dollar fell against most major currencies supporting the returns of unhedged overseas assets (assets that are free to move with exchange rates). As a result, ‘unhedged’ overseas investments fell by only 1.8% for NZ based investors.
The KiwiSaver Gender Divide – Why are women saving less and what can be done to combat this?
Recent data shows that, on average, women have 20% less in their KiwiSavers than men. The gap being at its largest between men and women in their 40s and 50s. There are a few factors that come into play causing this divide and although it will take years to achieve equality, there are ways in which we can be proactive to help close the gap. As of August 2021, the gender pay gap is at 9.1% in New Zealand, a decrease of about 0.4% from 2020’s stats.