Market & Portfolio Update - June 2018
June was a fairly quiet month for world share markets, with most investment funds relatively flat – although this capped off a solid overall first half of the year. Our own NZ share market was the stand-out, helping to offset the effect of a further 3% rise in the NZ Dollar on the value of overseas share investments.
The NZ Dollar’s rise was in tandem with higher long-term market interest rates, as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi acknowledged that the European economy has been growing well – this was seen as hinting at official interest rate hikes moving closer.
More generally, a number of risk factors facing markets have not turned out as badly as initially feared over the past two years. Together with good economic fundamentals, this has supported funds slightly increasing their global share investments during June.
We also added shares in Swiss company Givaudan, a well-entrenched provider of fragrances and food products around the world. The change was funded by selling some shares in Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, locking in strong gains over the past year.
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March saw the Coronavirus have a more tangible effect at home, with the move to lockdown in New Zealand taking it from a global event to something with a very clear impact on our day-to-day lives. Meanwhile, share markets around the world continued to be volatile, with the US S&P 500 index staging a dramatic partial 18% recovery in three days towards the end of the month.