Investing Insights with Tony Alexander: Resilience
This month, independent economist Tony Alexander finds investors are focusing on building long-term wealth, in spite of a worsening global outlook.
Each month, Tony surveys over 27,000 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 May 2022 survey.
Investors dig deep
You’d expect people to pull back from investing and sit on cash given significant falls in major offshore share indices and deepening worries about the world economy, supply chains, cost of living, and Russia’s continuing war on Ukraine.
But results from this month's survey show the pull-back to be extremely small. In May, 73% of our survey respondents said that they plan to add to their portfolios. This is down from 74% in April, and 75% in March and February.
It seems investment portfolios mainly have a long-term focus, which challenges the view that Kiwis have only short planning time horizons.
Shares win over property
When asked what people plan to buy, shares (as always) are the number one choice, followed by managed funds and residential property.
But intentions to buy residential investment property continue to edge back after rising through to the end of March—as do intentions to invest in commercial property.
This month, we also see net intentions to buy crypto assets slowly decline.
Rising interest rates yet to bite
There's still no solid evidence that rising interest rates are leading investors to reduce their debt levels. This may reflect the fact that interest rate levels are not as high (yet) compared with the past.
Again, evidence of a longer-term horizon can be seen through a continuing upward trend to buy shares through KiwiSaver rather than a non-KiwiSaver managed fund.
However, there is a small decrease in managed fund investors with a riskier profile. That said, weakening share prices are not leading to a shift towards conservative funds.
Energy and resource stocks in favour
Undoubtedly, the global hike in energy prices and accelerating development in the green energy sector is behind a growing interest in buying shares in the energy sector.
As well as rising interest to buy shares in the resources sector.
Download the report
For a deeper dive, download the full Investing Insights report for May 2022 [PDF, 1.49 MB].
Investing Insights is conducted in partnership with Tony Alexander. All analysis is Tony’s and not influenced by Sharesies.
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