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Global share markets were strong again in December

Performance update, December 2020

With the roll-out of several vaccines around the world, global share markets increased by 3.5% for the month, despite a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in some large economies.

European markets rose by 2.3% for the December month.  The UK share market rose by 4.6%, despite Covid-19 lockdowns and last-minute trade negotiations at the end of Brexit transition period. This is a surprise given the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the United Kingdom due to a new viral variant.  Meanwhile, emerging share markets once again produced strong monthly returns and rose by 7% in the month.

The US share market rose by 3.1%. Political uncertainties remained, leading up to the eventual departure of Donald Trump from office, before President-Elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on 20 January 2021. As the holiday season advanced, investors generally focussed more on positive developments than on political issues.

The New Zealand share market rose by 2.6%, while the Australian share market rose by 2.5%. Although the New Zealand share market did not rise as much as the global share market, it’s growth still reflected an overall positive New Zealand investor sentiment.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand continued to keep interest rates low. The New Zealand dollar rose more than 2.5% against the US dollar, reflecting the decreasing likelihood that the Reserve Bank will introduce a negative Official Cash Interest rate in 2021.

Government bonds, both in New Zealand and internationally, remain a popular central bank tool to support economic stimulus. We expect the extremely easy monetary policy set by New Zealand’s Reserve Bank and overseas central banks to continue for the foreseeable future. Monetary authorities do not want to risk reducing activity in their economies already hit hard by demand and supply shocks arising from Covid-19.

We can expect the market ups and downs to continue for some time. It’s helpful to remember that KiwiSaver is an investment, and market movements are a normal part of investing.

It’s important to keep your financial goals in mind when you’re thinking about investments, including your KiwiSaver account. That’s why making sure you’re in a suitable fund is important, and if you are, hang in there, as for most members KiwiSaver is a long-term investment.

One of the benefits of being with a full-service provider like AMP is that we have a team of experienced advisers who can help you make sense of what’s going on. We can also talk to you about getting a plan in place to help you get on track with your KiwiSaver – we’re here to help.


You can view returns for the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme here.

You can view returns for the NZ Retirement Trust here.

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AMP KiwiSaver Scheme
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