Written by Mike Taylor, Founder & CEO
The Conservative Fund rebounded in March as the NZ 10-year government bond rate settled around 1.7%, having traded as high as 2.0232%. Interest rates eased from the highs seen earlier in the month as changes to the property tax rules caused local investors to cool their expectations about rate hikes in NZ (that might be needed to slow the property market). With the large recalibration of rates potentially now out of the way, higher moves will be data driven, namely inflation and unemployment – the main two targets of most central banks. However, while the government might have slammed the brakes on the property market, other forces still have their foot on the accelerator; lack of supply, building costs, and (still historically) low rates.
The equity portion of the fund continued to perform well, with the S&P 500 moving to new all-time highs. Locally, the NZX continues to struggle. This month new positions were added in US leading home construction company DR Horton, Auckland Airport, and Abbot Laboratories, a global medical device company with a leading Covid-19 test. AMP, which has been a poor performer, was sold.
The fund was up 0.6% during March and has a 12-month return of 8.3%.
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