Market & Portfolio Update - February 2021
World share markets rose a little further during February, continuing the gains they have seen as confidence in a gradual ‘re-opening’ grows. The vaccine roll-out was one of the contributing factors. At the end of February, around 3% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Israel is leading the way with 92% of their population inoculated and the initial results are promising.
The Australian share market was one of the better performing markets due to it being made up of more of the ‘cyclical’ style sectors such as banks and resource companies.
The New Zealand share market lagged global markets by some way during February. This was mainly a result of ‘stock specific’ factors, with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, a2 Milk and the big electricity generators giving back some of their earlier gains.
As highlighted in our article 'Are interest rates heading back up to ‘normal’?', the rise in economic confidence also increased (long run) expectations for interest rates from very low levels. This saw fixed interest investments give back some of their previous revaluation gains, although was also a sign of the more positive global outlook and reaffirms the value of diversifying across different types of investments.
The NZ share market had its first major IPO in some time, with My Food Bag listing in early March (although trading lower after listing). Although the company has become a household name, Booster did not buy shares in the IPO, viewing the price being asked as relatively expensive.
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.