Investment Insights July 2021

The first half of 2021 has been strong with global markets posting positive returns and the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out being distributed quicker than anticipated, allowing more economies to re-open. New variants and outbreaks, as well as Geopolitical risks such as conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza strip continue to be a threat; however, we believe we are still in the early stages of a strong recovery.

Mercer’s Portfolio Manager, Robert Kavanagh shares insights from Mercer’s global network of investment experts covering:

  • Financial market performance and it’s influences for first half of 2021
  • The impact of COVID-19 vaccine rollout on global markets
  • Themes expected for remainder of 2021 and outlook for investment markets
  • Whether inflation is becoming a threat

New Zealand Defence Force Savings Schemes offer you the choice of seven different investment options. If you’re not sure if your investment option is right for you, take our risk quiz and/or call NZDF’s appointed financial advisers, Milestone Direct Limited, on 0508 MILESTONE (0508 645 378), or email them at

Mercer’s team of experts based in 40 countries around the globe, including New Zealand, monitor global and local events and bring you the latest updates.  We also produce an investment report each month covering the NZDF Savings Schemes, which includes returns for each of the seven funds in each scheme.

3 August  2021