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Roger Sutherland

March Market Update

We are now seeing the “whites of the eyes” of global inflation In late 2016 Janet Yellen, the Head of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), stated that there would not be rate hikes until they saw the “whites of the eyes” of inflation. In late February 2017 they finally saw this when the US jobless claims came in at 246,000, the lowest it has been in nearly 44 years. This higher level of US employment is expected to lead to increased wage inflation which in turn adds pressure to the Fed to increase cash rates. This better than expected […]

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February Market Update

Climbing the Wall of Worry in 2017 The term “climbing the wall of worry” has been used in many pieces of commentary from other fund managers, and market commenters over the past 6 months; but at no time is it more fitting than right now. We have seen share markets in the US reach record levels with the Dow Jones Industrial Index reaching an amazing 20,000 points; which is a return since the bottom of the GFC in 2008 of 303% or 14.87% p.a. At the time of writing this, the markets continue to trade around the 20,000 mark, which […]

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December Market Update

Interest Rates on the Rise In the last month we have seen a sharp fall in bond valuations as interest rates around the globe rise on increased concerns of higher inflation pressures. A main concern for investors is the increase in the weighted average production price of goods out of China. The consumer producer price index graph below shows that over the past four years, China has been exporting deflation (lower costs of goods); however, prices have increased recently which means Chinese made goods are now more expensive. China Produce Price Index Source: DB Global Markets Research US Inflation Source: DB Global […]

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November Market Update

The Shine Comes Off the NZ Market The month of October 2016 will not be remembered fondly by the NZ fund manager community. To the period ending 28th October we have seen the NZX50 decline 8.4% from its high reached in 7th September. From anecdotal evidence we are hearing this correction is due to some profit taking by foreign investors, and/or a reduction in riskier investments by global managers as they prepare for the US election followed closely by the Federal Reserve’s December meeting, where markets are pricing in over a 70% chance of a rate rise. Global Equity Indices […]

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