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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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