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HHG's Preferred New Zealand and Australian Equities

The stocks listed below have varying advantages and will suit different investment objectives. They have one common trait in that they have all been selected with a long-term focus. Contact Energy has a narrow economic moat, which reflects the oligopolistic structure of New Zealand’s electricity market. The firm generates a fourth of the country’s electricity and supplies power to more than 400,000 residential customers. Being a net generator, Contact Energy benefits from high spot prices. These typically occur during a dry...

Defend and diversify with Bonds

Why bonds are critical in any portfolio COVID-19 has had many ramifications, including an increase in the number and size of the government’s debt programmes. While these programmes assist people and businesses that are struggling, they also need to be funded – and this is where bonds come in. Bonds are the way governments raise money. In the current environment, there’s strong demand for them – especially for the A-rated bonds – and for very good reasons. For example Government bonds...

Why Are Interest Rates So Low?

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is an internal committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and is responsible for formulating monetary policy in New Zealand, directed towards the economic objectives of achieving and maintaining stability in the general level of prices over the medium term, and supporting maximum sustainable employment. The global economic disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19 has been catastrophic, but the effects on the developed worlds’ share markets have largely been mitigated by the...

New Zealand's a2 Milk forecasts weaker revenue on disruption to Chinese sales, shares plunge

(Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Co Ltd ATM.NZ forecast lower first-half revenue on Monday as lockdown measures in Australia's Victoria state hurt its informal Chinese sales channel more than expected, sending its shares down more than 14%. Sales from the “daigou” channel, where shoppers in China buy products in bulk from stores outside the country and import them informally, account for a significant portion of the dairy firm’s infant milk formula (IMF) revenue in Australia and New Zealand. The...

Pensions freedom age to increase from 55 to 57

On the go: The government has confirmed it will increase the age at which people can access their pension from 55 to 57 in 2028. The government first indicated its intention to increase this age back in 2014 but did not legislate for it, leaving many across the industry to question whether the change would ever go ahead. Under current pension freedom rules, which were introduced in 2015, individuals aged 55 and over can choose how and when they can access...

Market close: NZX halts trading as it nears record high.

By: Graham Skellern: Trading on the New Zealand sharemarket was halted for nearly an hour late in the afternoon, but it had still done enough work to surge closer to its all-time high. The stock exchange experienced a network outage within the Wellington and Auckland data centre, the NZX website was down and trading stopped just before 4pm. An hour later the S&P/NZX 50 Index emerged at 11,993.18 points, up 72.10 points or 0.6 per cent. "NZX's network service provider...

The Benefits to Staying Invested

As most major indices around the world close in on or even surpass their all-time highs, most investors will have reaped the benefits of employing a long term strategy over the last six months, staying invested and not panicking when the share market goes through even the most dramatic of falls. In fact, as investors, you have now all lived through the sharpest, shortest market crash in living memory, followed by a similarly spectacular recovery and are still here to tell...

How is The Reserve Bank of NZ using Monetary Policy Tools to Effect Changes in Interest Rates?

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is an internal committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and is responsible for formulating monetary policy in New Zealand, directed towards the economic objectives of achieving and maintaining stability in the general level of prices over the medium term; and supporting maximum sustainable employment. The global economic disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19 has been catastrophic, but the effects on the developed worlds’ share markets have largely been mitigated by the...

Portfolio rebalancing, is it worthwhile?

Rebalancing your portfolio is one of those beneficial habits—like flossing every day or dusting under the refrigerator—that’s easy to let slide. But if your portfolio’s equity exposure crept up over the past few years, the sudden market correction in February and March was a harsh reminder of why it’s a good idea. In this article, I’ll look at how different rebalancing frequencies have paid off in 2020’s turbulent market, as well as during other market drawdowns. In a nutshell, any...

Just The Tonic

Finsbury Growth & Income Trust (FGT) has been managed by Nick Train since January 2001. Given the economic uncertainty due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, he stresses the importance of determining which companies will survive and thrive, and which could ultimately fail. The manager also seeks to invest in firms that can take advantage of the upsurge in digital and software services, as technology is advancing at an accelerating pace. While Train rarely initiates new holdings in the fund, in...
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