Our Equities Trader, Roberto Russo, discusses Technical Analysis with regards to how investors should look to banks to mitigate current market volatility.
The Reserve Bank of Australia announced interest rates were rising by 0.25bp which came as a shock to investors. Immediately after the announcement was made, our index saw a quick downwards flash, which was a large overreaction by most investors. It is well understood that rates will likely continue to rise for the remainder of this year and next year too.
Here is a graph of the expected rate rise vs 10 year-yield.
This rate rise poses opportunities for investors to capitalise on. Mortgage rates are instantly increased, and term deposits are looking more attractive as several banks announced increases to their term deposit rates.
NAB put out strong financial results for their half-year report, earning an extranet profit of 10.2% compared against 2H21, allowing the Company to lift their dividend by 6c. NAB was once the smaller of the big 4 in market value and share, however, they are slowly creeping up the ladder as more customers start shopping around for better rates.
Westpac beat expectations in their reports as cash NPAT & EPS are up above consensus and the dividend is also up by 1c. They have had a bit of a bumpy start since reporting with pressures of the broader market sell-off, but the banking giant is holding its own very well as it looks to provide security for investors.
Investments pose risks of many kinds, and in high volatility market conditions, it's about mitigating the known risk as much as possible to either protect or hedge the portfolio and take advantage of the wild moves in either direction.
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