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Harbour Navigator: What does global banking stress mean for the RBNZ?

The recent failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and rescue of Credit Suisse have tightened global financial conditions and reduced the need for monetary policy to be as restrictive.

As a small open economy with a heavy reliance on global investors to fund our current account deficit, New Zealand has a high sensitivity to the health of the global economy and international financial markets.

At this stage, we expect the...

Hamish Pepper | Posted on Mar 30, 2023
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Harbour Navigator: Harbour's solution to measuring carbon performance for fixed interest funds

An entity’s carbon intensity is an input into Harbour’s ESG assessment of a borrower, alongside an appraisal of behaviours and performance in other environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects.

Carbon footprint is calculated as the weighted average of a portfolio’s ownership share of each holding company’s carbon output. This is a useful metric for equity fund investors, however fixed interest investors don’t have an ‘o...

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Simon Pannett | Posted on Mar 14, 2023
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Harbour Outlook: Inflation not giving up without a fight

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The MSCI All Country World Index returned 1.3% in New Zealand dollar terms, and -1.9% in New Zealand dollar-hedged terms. At the sub-sector level, we saw a continuation of last month’s thematic with defensive sectors (utilities, materials) lagging as investors rotated into the more interest rate-sensitive sectors such as information technology and financials.

The New Zealand equity market (S&P/NZX 50 Gross with i...

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Lewis Fowler | Posted on Mar 8, 2023
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Harbour Navigator: RBNZ not done yet but getting close

The RBNZ lifted the OCR by 50bps at the February MPS and continues to anticipate further tightening from the current 4.75% to 5.5% as inflation remains too high and labour markets are too tight for comfort.

The North Island floods are likely to add to inflation and activity in the medium term. Beyond the floods, the tension between strong historical data and weak forward indicators continues in New Zealand – we believe the...

Hamish Pepper | Posted on Feb 28, 2023
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Harbour Navigator: China on the mend

China’s economic and demographic imbalances have increased during COVID which may pose challenges for long-term growth. However, the near-term reopening of China’s post-COVID economy will likely have profound impacts for many New Zealand and Australian companies.

The Chinese consumer is cashed up with record deposit growth during the COVID era. Although the overall household balance sheet has seen asset price declines, ve...

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Oyvinn Rimer | Posted on Feb 16, 2023
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Harbour Outlook: Investment markets feel the new year cheer

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The MSCI All Country World Index returned 4.9% over the month and 6.4% in New Zealand dollar-hedged terms. Sub-sector performance was almost a mirror image of last year, with more defensive sectors, such as utilities and consumer staples, lagging as investors rotated to the more interest rate-sensitive sectors such as consumer discretionary, communication services and information technology.

The New Zealand equit...

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Chris Di Leva | Posted on Feb 9, 2023
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Harbour Navigator: How the megatrends influence investment opportunities

Harbour’s core equity portfolios have a “growth” bias. Our investment process has multiple steps which includes assessing key secular trends that are underappreciated. Some people call these themes megatrends.

Secular trends tend to be long-lasting, as they transcend industry shifts and cyclical economic activity, and ultimately lead to sustained growth.

At Harbour our core equity growth investment process has a focus on the...

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Shane Solly | Posted on Feb 7, 2023
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Harbour Navigator: After the tech reset

Technology and biotech companies are delivering on revenue

After a period when share valuations adjusted to higher interest rates, share prices of fast growing companies are performing following positive announcements on growth

These sectors may be less exposed to a slowdown in household spending and investors may become more comfortable with increasing exposure
As has been well documented, the share prices of long-dated ass...

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Kevin Bennett | Posted on Jan 27, 2023
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Harbour Outlook: A volatile month for bond markets, equities follow

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The MSCI All Country World Index returned -5.7% over the month in New Zealand dollar-unhedged terms, and -1.8% over the quarter. Returns for the month were slightly less worse in New Zealand dollar-hedged terms, down -4.7% for December. However, the dollar-hedged returns were up strongly (+7.0%) over the quarter.

The New Zealand equity market (S&P/NZX 50 Gross with imputation) held up well relative to other develop...

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Harbour Team | Posted on Jan 11, 2023
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Top 10 risks and opportunities for 2023

Investment markets generally have many different factors that drive returns, however occasionally there are very few. 2022 will go down as the latter. Inflation was the dominant theme for 2022, creating an unenviable backdrop for bond markets as central banks raised rates to try and combat rising inflation. Equity market valuations fell sharply adjusting to higher discount rates.

While we pointed out the risk of inflation b...

Hamish Pepper, Chris Di Leva | Posted on Dec 15, 2022