Market & Portfolio Update - September 202012 October by
Market & Portfolio Update - September 2020
Global share markets eased modestly in September, after performing very well since March. Markets were weighed down by investors locking in some profits from companies that have performed well in previous months. Examples include Apple in the US, and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and a2 Milk in New Zealand.
Bond markets meanwhile were up 0.50% on average, as demand for ‘safe-haven assets’ rose. They were supported by comments from the US Federal Reserve that they will continue to support economic growth through a policy of low interest rates which directly benefit the price of bonds.
In general, investments have continued to perform well, despite the unfortunate circumstances that this year has brought. Stimulus from governments and central banks has helped support financial markets.
New Zealand’s gender pay gap is unlikely to be going anywhere anytime soon and the impact of earning less over a lifetime has an enormous effect on a woman’s immediate and future financial security. This is compounded by a lower level of workplace participation, a tendency to seek part-time casual work and bear the bulk of caring responsibilities for children and other family members. So how can women bridge the gap? Here are some tips on how to build wealth and make positive steps towards pay equity and financial independence despite and in spite of the hurdles women face.
Lifetime continues its growth strategy to build a long-term sustainable financial advice business to serve New Zealanders with the joining of One50 Group. The deal adds accounting and property accounting partnerships, general insurance and business advisory services to the Lifetime advice suite.