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.
As expected by markets, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.5% in May. This was the largest interest rate hike since 2000, and signals the Federal Reserve’s commitment to ‘walk-the-walk’ to try to control inflation.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand also raised interest rates in May after it hiked the OCR by 0.5%. The OCR now sits at 2%, and the Reserve Bank’s updated forecasts show it reaching 4% by September of next year. While the rapid rise in interest rates has impacted portfolio returns over the last year (particularly conservative funds with a high allocation to bonds), it is important to note that market expectations have already adjusted so that a rise to 4% next year is already baked into prices of bond investments. There is a silver lining though - higher interest rates mean reinvestment rates are now much more attractive, supporting the future returns of bond investments.
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.
The Greatest Sharebroker Tip Of All Time
It was the early 1950s. A young PhD student at the University of Chicago was working on ideas for his PhD. He was waiting patiently in a lounge for a chance to talk to his dissertation adviser. Little did he know that he was about to have a conversation which 40 years later would see him awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.