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Investing Insights with Tony Alexander: Proceeding with caution

Investing Insights

In October’s report, independent economist Tony Alexander finds investors are taking a cautious approach amid widespread uncertainty, with more planning to park their money in savings accounts.

  • Tony Alexander

    Independent economist

Header image for Tony Alexander's Investing Insights report for October 2022.

Each month, Tony surveys over 28,000 Kiwis to find out what they’re investing in and how they’re investing in it. He then analyses their responses and reports on how investment preferences are changing over time. This gives us a look into people’s thoughts on different shares, types of property, active vs passive fund management, whether to use an advisor or an app, which countries to invest in, and much more.

Below, we look at some of the key trends in Tony’s October survey.

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Amid higher-than-expected inflation, interest rate hikes, a deteriorating world economy, and continued volatility in share markets, investors have grown more cautious about increasing their risk exposure.

Fewer are planning to buy shares over the coming year, with net intentions of purchasing shares falling to 61% of respondents in October.

Bar graph showing net intentions of purchasing shares, managed funds, and exchange-traded funds dropping from a high of 83% of respondents in August 2022, to 61% in October 2022. This is down significantly from 94% of respondents in October 2021.

Short-lived home run

This more cautious outlook has also weighed on plans to invest in residential property, which had looked on the cusp of a recovery in the last couple of surveys. It seems that investors are not quickly following first home buyers back into the residential property market, like they did in the early days of the pandemic.

Bar graph showing net intentions of purchasing residential property falling sharply from 17% of respondents in September 2022 to 13% of respondents in October 2022.

Cashing in

Shares remain the most preferred investment by some stretch. However, there’s been a notable jump in the proportion of investors who plan to put their money in a savings account compared to previous surveys. 

Bar graph showing just under 45% of respondents are likely to invest in shares, with residential property the second most likely investment at 27%. Savings accounts are sitting at 22% of respondents, up from 15% of respondents in August 2022.
A picture of a hand, in front of a pink backdrop, holding a physical copy of Tony Alexander's Investing Insights report for October 2022.

Download the report

For a deeper dive, download the full Investing Insights report for October 2022 [PDF, 1.19 MB].

Investing Insights is conducted in partnership with Tony Alexander. All analysis is Tony’s and not influenced by Sharesies.

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