Summer New Zealand Fixed Interest

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Summer New Zealand Fixed Interest fund performance summary as at 31 March 2018. 

Fund at a glance

Unit price (as at 31 March 2018): $1.0409

Date the fund started: 19 September 2016

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Further information can be found in the product disclosure statement

Fund objective and strategy

See the New Zealand Fixed Interest page for the Summary of investment objective and strategy.

Fund returns

 Annualised total since inception1 Month3 Months1 Year
Fund 1.95% 0.19% 0.47% 3.20%

Fund returns are calculated net of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident individual paying tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). 

Top 10 investments

Asset name % of fund net assets
ANZ Cash Deposit 7.97%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2023 5.50% 4.76%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/05/2021 6.00% 4.37%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2020 3.00% 4.19%
Transpower New Zealand Ltd 30/06/2022 4.30% 4.16%
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2025 2.75% 4.00%
Westpac New Zealand Ltd Fixed Rate Notes 20/09/2018 5.545% 3.51%
Bank of New Zealand Subordinated Note 17/12/2025 5.314% 3.28%
ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited Perpetual 18/04/2018 5.28% 2.96%
ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd 25/09/2020 4.03% 2.88%

The top 10 investments make up 42.08% of the fund.

Manager's comments

Fund Performance

Summer New Zealand Fixed Interest delivered returns of 0.19% for the month, 0.47% for the three months to March and 3.20% for the year.

Market Commentary

Over the March quarter market participants considered the new initiatives enacted by US legislators.

Taken together American tax reforms and a permitted increase in future US government spending were seen as further tailwinds to an economy operating at near to full capacity, in our view. Not surprisingly US interest rates, in general, moved up towards cycle highs over the March quarter

Furthermore, we continue to look for and expect future inflation to persist, validating the US Federal Reserve’s action in normalising its monetary policy settings by sequentially increasing official interest rates.

Back on the home front we see things slightly differently. We’re cautious around business confidence, where we expect larger than (recent) historical demands for wages and salary increases to negatively impact on corporate profitability and sentiment.

In addition, New Zealand inflation expectations look to be well anchored in our assessment and with a slight tweaking of the Policy Targets Agreement (contract between the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Minister of Finance) to consider employment aspirations when implementing  monetary policy, we see a mild softening in the regulator’s attitude to managing inflation.  

Portfolio Positioning

With our reassessment of domestic inflation outcomes, we have taken the opportunity to increase portfolio duration (interest rate sensitivity) towards three years. We have also added some exposure to longer- dated bond investments, increasing the fund’s exposure to the five and seven-year tenor.

We fully acknowledge the bouts of asset price volatility over the first quarter of the year and are likely to continue adding new investments that we view as high quality. For example, over the quarter we added exposures to Transpower and New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency bonds and when available, we intend to gain exposure to debt securities issued by Housing New Zealand. 

Outlook

With domestic monetary policy on hold, in our opinion, for at least the remainder of this year and levels of investor angst rising, we will continue to increase portfolio duration as opportunities arise.

We calculate the portfolio’s weighted-average credit quality to be “A-“and the yield-to-maturity at around 3.40%*.

 

For more information on the Summer New Zealand Fixed Interest fund, read the latest quarterly fund update.

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