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Harbour Navigator: RBNZ acknowledges weakening data, establish option to cut OCR quite soon

The RBNZ held the OCR at 5.50%, but in acknowledging a significant weakening in inflation pressures, they set themselves up with the option to cut the OCR pre-Christmas, possibly as early as their next meeting in August.

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” John Maynard Keynes’ ghost could have been at the RBNZ’s OCR review meeting. The central bank, having been determined to bring inflation and inf...

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Mark Brown | Posted on Jul 10, 2024
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Harbour Investment Outlook: A fork in the road for central banks?

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MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) posted a strong return in June, at 3.1% in New Zealand dollar-unhedged terms for the month. Returns in NZD-hedged terms came in at 2.6% after New Zealand dollar weakness. Performance was again mixed from a sector perspective. Information technology surged ahead by 10.0%, followed by communication services at 4.6%. Utilities and materials were the worst performing sectors...

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Lewis Fowler | Posted on Jul 8, 2024
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Harbour Navigator: Weak QSBO points to lower rates ahead

Weak QSBO points to lower rates ahead
The Q2 QSBO was a sobering read as it corroborated other indicators that suggest the New Zealand economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent months.

The survey indicated a trifecta of rapid labour market easing, contracting economic activity and markedly reduced inflation pressure.

We expect the RBNZ to take note, likely delivering a more balanced message at next week’s Jul...

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Hamish Pepper | Posted on Jul 4, 2024
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Harbour Navigator: Back on the ground in China

Consumer sentiment in China remains cautious post-pandemic, with spending reluctance despite crowds being back to normal.
Demographics are shaping long-term views of consumption and investing, with the UN’s central forecast projecting China’s population to halve over the next 75 years.
Policy initiatives will be closely watched to see whether these can offset the structural changes occurring and, of course, a cyclical recovery...

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Øyvinn Rimer | Posted on Jun 21, 2024
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Harbour Investment Outlook: Treading water amid uncertainty?

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MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) was stable in May with a return of 0.2% in New Zealand dollar-unhedged terms for the month. Returns in NZD-hedged terms were considerably better at 3.7% after a combination of US dollar weakness, and New Zealand dollar strength on the back of supportive Chinese policy. Performance (unhedged) was mixed from a sector perspective, with only information technologies, utiliti...

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Lewis Fowler | Posted on Jun 11, 2024
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Harbour Investment Outlook: Choppy waters ahead

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After a strong first quarter, the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) fell in April with a return of ‑2.3% in New Zealand dollar-unhedged (-2.7% in NZD-hedged) terms for the month. Performance was broadly negative from a sector perspective, with only the utilities and energy sectors in the black. Information technology was a standout on the negative side with a -5.6% return.
Locally, market returns for the...

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Lewis Fowler | Posted on May 8, 2024
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Harbour Navigator: Global Divergence

After years of most of the world sharing the common sudden stop and recovery associated with COVID-19, there are now significant differences in economic prospects across countries. These differences have led to some central banks lifting policy rates (à la Bank of Japan) while others, such as the European Central Bank, US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have hinted at cuts. The Swiss National Bank has gone one step fur...

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Chris Di Leva, Hamish Pepper | Posted on Apr 22, 2024
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Harbour Navigator: Hot sheds - Growth in data centre demand and the real estate investment opportunity.

Global demand for data centre space is set to increase significantly and the compute density of GenAI significantly increases the electricity required to keep computer capacity cool.
Real estate is a key determinant of a successful data centre, with data centres having specific locational requirements making land with access to electricity a crucial enabler for data centres.
In our opinion, the DC megatrend tail wind may remai...

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Shane Solly | Posted on Apr 17, 2024
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Harbour Investment Horizon: Long Term Investment Return Assumptions

Investors anchor long-term strategic asset allocation by considering a range of assumptions for key asset classes 
Harbour’s long-term return assumptions are one of many inputs into considering strategic asset allocation across multi asset portfolios, such as conservative, balanced and growth mandates 
Our return assumptions are market valuation aware and, as a result, our most recent forecast is for a narrowing in th...

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Lewis Fowler | Posted on Apr 11, 2024
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Harbour Investment Outlook: Turning Point for Earnings?

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The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) rounded off the first quarter with a third positive monthly return at 5.1% in New Zealand dollar-unhedged (3.5% in NZD-hedged) terms for the month. From a sector perspective performance was broadly positive, with energy the outstanding performer at 7.6%, followed by materials (5.5%) and utilities (4.8%). 
Locally, market returns for the month were also strong with t...

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Lewis Fowler | Posted on Apr 9, 2024