Market & Portfolio Update - March 2019

12 April by Lifetime in Market Update, Investments

Market & Portfolio Update - March 2019

Market & Portfolio Update - March 2019

Global share markets had another positive month and have had one of the fastest starts to the year since the 1990’s, rising over 10% since the start of January.

More broadly, the global economy’s growth continues to moderate in pace, and this has led to falling long-term interest rates. Nevertheless, there have been some positive noises of a resolution between the United States & China on their trade disputes.

However, it was the NZ share market that stole the show, rising 6% in March, and 12% so far in 2019. Shares in more income-oriented companies (like the electricity generators that make up almost 20% of the market) have received a lot of support from the lower interest rate outlook, with expectations of at least one OCR cut in 2019.

Encouragingly, falling interest rates are usually supportive for companies and consumers alike. Companies that are looking to grow their business can get access to better funding, while falling mortgage rates are likely to provide some support to the slowing NZ housing market.

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This week the Government announced a suite of new policy with the intent to assist first home buyers into the market. This included tax changes for investors, bright-line extensions and increases to the cap on First Home Loans and First Home Grants.