Market update – Uncertainty drives ups and downs in the market

By Tim O’Loan, Senior Investment Analyst.

Markets around the world have seen record highs, large falls, and steep recoveries over the past 18 months. But depending on your choice of investment fund, you may have experienced a roller-coaster of returns, or a sedate paddle-boat ride. It all depends on the ‘risk’ of the fund you chose.

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A year in review

Market update for the year ending 31 March 2019

The twelve-month period up until 31 March 2019 was an interesting time for investment markets. Overall it was a strong period, but there was a general increase in ups and downs – also known as market volatility, particularly in comparison to the year before. Here’s a look back at the year and what we could expect in the year ahead.

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Ups and downs in the market

By BNZ General Manager Wealth, Peter Forster

Many KiwiSaver investors may have seen their balances take a dip recently on the back of some sharp ups and downs (with more downs than ups) across global markets. But really, this type of market movement is what we expect to see. KiwiSaver is a long-term savings option which means weathering difficult periods is part of the design rather than a flaw. What’s important is for members to keep their goals and objectives in mind and to choose an appropriate fund to suit. Continue reading…