Market & Portfolio Update – October 2019

14 November by Lifetime in Market Update, Investments

Market & Portfolio Update – October 2019

Market & Portfolio Update – October 2019

October provided only modest changes in value for most diversified portfolios. While portfolios gained from allocations to global shares, lower returns on local shares and fixed interest investments kept performance relatively static after solid gains in the year so far.

The United States market was a strong performer amongst the more developed countries, benefiting from cooling trade war tension. The market also continued to benefit from central bank policy aimed at supporting growth, with the Federal Reserve lowering its cash rate to 1.5% from 1.75% at the end of the month.

In contrast, it was a softer month for New Zealand shares, driven by lower share prices on the listed electricity generators. They were impacted by the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter announcing a review of the Tiwai Point smelter near Bluff, with a possible closure on the table. The smelter consumes approximately 13% of NZ’s electricity and is likely trying to pressure the electricity generators into a lower price for the electricity it consumes.

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.