ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - SEPTEMBER 2019

The upside-down world of interest rates became even more contorted in August. Approximately a third of all government and corporate debt now carries a negative yield.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - AUGUST 2019

Markets have been fuelled by a decade of bailouts and dovish monetary policy. It’s hard to ignore the importance of this fact and how it has characterised the current economic expansion.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - JULY 2019

Uncertainty about trade and populist policies continues to weigh on market sentiment and business confidence. Some economic indicators are weakening in 2019 from the relatively positive position in 2018.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - JUNE 2019

The abrupt increase in US tariffs on imports from China threatens the nascent recovery in global industrial production that appeared to be underway. Tariffs and tariff fears have a large impact on high frequency data such as trade, industrial production, business investment, PMIs, and many highly correlated financial asset prices. Roughly half of China’s exports to the United States face 25% tariffs.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - MAY 2019

We are cautiously positive on equities because economies around the world are still expanding at decent rates and there are no apparent inflation trends.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - April 2019

Interest rates driven lower on concerns of slower global growth

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - March 2019

It was a gloomy finish to 2018 for the global economy. Markets plunged and America’s government was locked in a seemingly endless shutdown, but developments have not played out as dismally as feared.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - February 2019

Politics continues to play a major role in the risks to the global economic outlook, with the threat of ongoing and potentially escalating trade tensions and a hard Brexit outcome still lingering.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - December 2018

For New Zealand, our economy has been supported by the tailwinds of record-high Terms of Trade, low interest rates and strong population growth. Nonetheless, business confidence remains weak and points to an upcoming slowdown in growth led by a fall in business investment.

ECONOMIC & INVESTMENT REPORT - NOVEMBER 2018

Despite a tumultuous month for equity markets, the current period of steady expansion of the global economy continues. The expansion, however, has become less balanced and may have peaked in some major economies.