Market & Portfolio Update - July 2021
Global share markets had another good month, with the US market performing well. July saw many US companies report their latest financial results, with around 85% of companies beating the market’s expectations. Investments in overseas shares also benefitted from the NZ dollar falling over the month. This added approximately 2% to the portion of your overseas investments where the currency is ‘unhedged’ and free to move with foreign exchange rates.
The global share managers which we employ to manage part of your global share investments both performed well during July. California-based Fisher Investments led the way, supported by their holdings in a number of large US technology companies. The share price of US technology companies have risen strongly over the past month, with the industry reporting 45% growth in earnings compared to last year.
The New Zealand and Australian share markets were relatively flat during July. The latest Covid outbreak has seen many of the Australian states move back into lockdown. As a result, businesses which rely on physical stores have been impacted. Several New Zealand based companies were also impacted by the lockdowns, such as Kathmandu and corporate travel software company, Serko.
Market & Portfolio Update - May 2022
Volatility in global share markets continued in May as investors focused on inflation and rising interest rates. Despite the volatility, global share markets rebounded to end the month flat, with the energy sector leading the way (up 13.5%). The energy sector includes oil producers which benefitted from oil prices rising to $123/barrel. The European Union agreed to a partial ban on Russian oil. The ban is expected to cover 90% of Europe’s Russian oil imports by the end of this year.
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1. They keep learning
Once they’ve identified areas in which they want to gain wealth, they start educating themselves in those fields.
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