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Market & Portfolio Update - September 2021

Global share markets experienced some volatility during the month, falling modestly for the first time since January. This was in part due to expectations of rising global interest rates over the coming months.

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Market & Portfolio Update - August 2021

Global share markets were up over 3% in local currency terms for the month, but with the NZ dollar strengthening against most major currencies, this performance was slightly offset for NZ based investors.

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Market & Portfolio Update - March 2021

The March market update reflects a theme of ongoing strength in global sharemarkets, but weakness in assets whose value is mainly driven by changes in long-term interest rates.

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Market & Portfolio Update - February 2021

World share markets rose a little further during February, continuing the gains they have seen as confidence in a gradual ‘re-opening’ grows. The vaccine roll-out was one of the contributing factors. At the end of February, around 3% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Israel is leading the way with 92% of their population inoculated and the initial results are promising.

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Market & Portfolio Update - January 2021

January continued the eventfulness of 2020 with the US presidency and Senate elections being finalised, continued social unrest in the US, new strains of Covid-19 and the roll-out of vaccines around the world. The result for share markets was a slight easing in performance for the month. Arguably, a much-needed breather after strong returns in the second half of 2020.

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Market & Portfolio Update - November 2020

Global markets performed very strongly during November. The first catalyst markets liked was the result of the US election. Although we haven’t seen the ‘blue wave’ result the polls were suggesting, it is looking like the US presidency and Senate will be divided.

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Market & Portfolio Update - October 2020

New Zealand shares were up over October with electricity generators bouncing back after the Government suggested more support around the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter, which consumes 30% of electricity in NZ.

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Market & Portfolio Update - August 2020

Global share markets rose nearly 5% in August as investors continue to digest news about ongoing vaccine developments and look for returns in a low interest rate environment.

 

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Market & Portfolio Update - July 2020

Global share markets continued to rise following the volatility we saw during March, up a further 3% in July.

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Market & Portfolio Update - June 2020

Although remaining choppy, global share markets have continued to bounce back from the March COVID-19 sell-off.  Investors have continued to focus on the re-opening of economies and the amount of stimulus that governments and central banks have been providing.

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Market & Portfolio Update - May 2020

Share markets across the world continued to recover solidly during May, looking ahead to a gradual loosening of restrictions, and have now recovered much of the March sell-off.

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Market & Portfolio Update - March 2020

March saw the Coronavirus have a more tangible effect at home, with the move to lockdown in New Zealand taking it from a global event to something with a very clear impact on our day-to-day lives. Meanwhile, share markets around the world continued to be volatile, with the US S&P 500 index staging a dramatic partial 18% recovery in three days towards the end of the month.

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Market & Portfolio Update - January 2020

The first month of 2020 saw volatility return to global markets, first with the attack by the US on Iran, followed by the recent health scare of the coronavirus. While global markets predominantly ended where they started in local terms, a falling NZ dollar, increased the value of unhedged overseas assets for NZ investors.

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Market & Portfolio Update – November 2019

The month of November saw positive results from global share markets, as the United States and China look set to make progress on resolving some of their trade disputes after the last 18 months. Additionally, business confidence improved in both countries, suggesting improvement in the global economy.

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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.

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Market & Portfolio Update – September 2019

September was a positive month for most share markets across the world, bouncing back from some softness in August.

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Market & Portfolio Update – August 2019

After good gains so far this year, diversified portfolios produced a relatively flat return for August, but looking below the surface there was a bit more going on.

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Market & Portfolio Update – July 2019

Portfolio returns were solid again in July, led by global share markets rising 3%.

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Market & Portfolio Update - June 2019

Global share markets had a strong positive performance in June, rebounding from May’s weakness, but in a somewhat volatile fashion.

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Market & Portfolio Update - May 2019

Most portfolios gave back a small portion of this year’s strong gains during May

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Market & Portfolio Update - April 2019

April saw global share markets continue the strong performance that we have seen so far this year.

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preview image - Market & Portfolio Update - March 2019

Market & Portfolio Update - March 2019

Global share markets had another positive month and have had one of the fastest starts to the year since the 1990’s

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Market & Portfolio Update - February 2019

Global share markets continued to rebound in February and have now recovered almost all of the decline we saw in the last three months of 2018.

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Market & Portfolio Update - November 2018

Global share markets rose slightly in November (up 1%), although returns for NZ investors were offset by a 5% rise in the New Zealand Dollar.

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Market & Portfolio Update - October 2018

Share markets continued their 2017 ascension during October, with a moderate 3% gain boosted further by the New Zealand Dollar falling 5%.

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Market & Portfolio Update - September 2018

Share markets rose further in September, shrugging off the unresolved NZ election and war of words between the United States and North Korea.

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Market & Portfolio Update - August 2018

August was a relatively quiet month for share markets, but with currency movements boosting fund returns.

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preview image - Market & Portfolio Update - July 2018

Market & Portfolio Update - July 2018

Share markets again rose moderately for the month, which saw investment fund returns resume their gradual upward path.

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Market & Portfolio Update - June 2018

June was a fairly quiet month for world share markets, with most investment funds relatively flat – although this capped off a solid overall first half of the year.

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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.

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Market & Portfolio Update - February 2018

Share markets regained ground as February progressed, recovering most of the declines from the start of the month.

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