During the first quarter of this year, numerous international stock markets maintained robust performance. Despite lackluster economic indicators in various countries, such as New Zealand, the sustained enthusiasm surrounding AI technologies and anticipation of interest rate cuts buoyed investor confidence.

This update offers a concise overview of the quarter, spotlighting key themes such as Japan’s market performance, an analysis of gold, and an examination of the New Zealand housing market.

Furthermore, the update includes a comprehensive summary of asset class returns both in the quarter and over longer periods in the key market movements section.

In the featured article, we explore the work of a distinguished behavioral psychologist whose insights have significantly influenced the field of wealth management.

As we progress into 2024, we anticipate another fruitful year and eagerly anticipate keeping you informed about developments in investment markets in the months ahead.

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