Market & Portfolio Update - June 2021

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Market & Portfolio Update - June 2021

Returns on overseas investments were supported by the New Zealand dollar falling against most major currencies during the month. The US dollar strengthened by 4% in June after the Federal Reserve brought forward their expectation for hikes in the Fed Funds Rate from 2024 to 2023. Given the strength of the economic data so far this year, there is a possibility this could be brought forward again.

Global share markets were up over 2% for the month in their home currency terms, and almost 6% in NZD terms (due to the weaker NZ dollar). Pleasingly, both our active global share managers delivered significantly higher returns, with California-based Fisher investments, benefiting from their exposure to the technology sector.

The New Zealand and Australian share markets also produced solid returns for the month, although were both relatively quiet on the news front. Many of the higher growth companies were back in favour during June, with their valuations being supported by longer-term interest rates falling back a little after rising in the first part of the year. 

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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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9 Financial Habits Of Successful People

 1. They keep learning

Once they’ve identified areas in which they want to gain wealth, they start educating themselves in those fields.

Invest in your self-knowledge by reading the relevant books, following the right bloggers and spokespeople, and keeping up to date with policy changes in the news. A lot of websites in New Zealand even send daily or weekly updates to your mailbox. There are tons of resources out there (although it’s important to first check their credibility) that will help educate your financial decisions.