MONTHLY VIEW - FEBRUARY 2021

Share markets were subject to a variety of unusual circumstances in January. Although the events of the month were tumultuous the New Zealand market ended the month marginally positive.

MONTHLY VIEW - DECEMBER 2020

The United States and Europe had a resurgence of COVID 19 cases in November leading to a second round of lockdowns in Europe and increased social distancing in the US.

MONTHLY VIEW - NOVEMBER 2020

Both the New Zealand and Australian share markets had a positive month. In New Zealand companies with 30 June balance dates reported in October.

MONTHLY VIEW - OCTOBER 2020

Interest rates fell over the month of September and for the first time in New Zealand some market rates went negative. Into the tail end of the month government bonds with maturities out to 5 years were providing negative yields. This implies that a purchaser of these bonds, if they held to maturity, would receive a negative return on their investment.

MONTHLY VIEW - SEPTEMBER 2020

August is the peak reporting season for companies with a June balance date. It is the first period that included the effects of the COVID-19 virus and an opportunity for investors to reassess the outlook for companies.

MONTHLY VIEW - AUGUST 2020

Fixed Interest investors and share investors adopted diametrically opposed positions in the month. Fixed interest investors continued to drive down interest rates as demand for fixed interest products remained strong.

MONTHLY VIEW - JULY 2020

Investor returns in the June quarter have been very strong. Economists have argued that share markets have become disconnected from real world conditions. While these concerns are valid there are also grounds for the rebound as a business recovery is underway and massive liquidity has been injected into the financial system.

MONTHLY VIEW - JUNE 2020

Despite most of the world remaining in lockdown of one form or another, share markets continued to rise in May throughout the world. In part the improvements reflected relief as progressively the restrictions on daily life were removed and the prospect of economic activity returning to pre-COVID 19 levels was glimpsed.

MONTHLY VIEW - MAY 2020

Share markets throughout the world bounced in April. After the large falls in March prices recovered strongly. The American NASDAQ market was up 15.5%, the largest monthly increase since 2000. New Zealand shares also improved with the NZ 50 index up 7.5% in April.

MONTHLY VIEW - APRIL 2020

COVID 19 has impacted all asset classes and all countries. Equity values have quickly fallen, and already low interest rates have been driven even lower.  The speed of the virus onset and its reflection in investment markets has been unprecedented with the decline the steepest in the S&P500 since 1929.