Market & Portfolio Update - May 2018

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Market & Portfolio Update - May 2018

Market & Portfolio Update - May 2018

Global share markets added another 1% in May, amidst a background of solid economic growth spiced up with news of political instability in Italy. While change of governments can create volatility, ultimately markets are driven by economic growth and growth in companies’ earnings.

The change in Italian Government is the latest round of political uncertainty, and adds to a long line of changes following Britain’s vote to leave Europe almost two years ago. However, these have all turned out to be just bumps in the road – the Global Economy has grown by around US$10 trillion over the past two years!

New Zealand shares performed solidly, ahead of global markets in general for the month and with Booster’s NZ share investments up almost 20% over the past year. Our holdings in Restaurant Brands and aged care provider Summerset have particularly helped this result, with each up around 70%.

Disclaimer: This article has been prepared for the purpose of providing general information, without taking into consideration any particular investor’s objectives, financial situation or needs.  Any opinions contained in it are held as at the report date and are subject to change without notice.

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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.

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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.