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  • Monthly commentary, October 2021

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    Posted: 29 Nov 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, Economic performance, Markets

    Climate change concerns and energy woes dominated the global economy this month as nations prepared for the UN's Climate Change Conference (COP26) and continued to respond to a tightening energy market. Focus on China continues as investors keep their eyes on the property sector, looking for any further indications of instability after September's Evergrande "almost-crisis". Financial markets, spurred on by strong September quarter earnings, sparked the bulls across Australia, the US and Europe.

  • Monthly commentary, September 2021

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    Posted: 13 Oct 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, Economic performance, Markets

    Markets this month were hit by a mixed bag full of events, from energy pricing pressures, nuclear diplomacy, name calling in the US senate and the 'wait and see' credit crisis of China's property giant, Evergrande. Europe and China began to roll out policy to cool down a tightening energy market over concerns of expected Winter surges in demand. An AUKUS alliance was formed between Australia, the UK and the US which included the building of nuclear submarines for Australia, while France was left out in the cold.

  • Monthly commentary, August 2021

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    Posted: 13 Sep 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, Economic performance, Markets

    Countries and markets around the world continued to react to the resurgence of COVID-19's Delta variant. At home, Australia finished the month with 60% of its population under stay-at-home orders reporting record numbers of daily COVID cases. Abroad, COVID management created run on effects in global trade and supply chains that caused manufacturing measures to compress. Inflation continues to be a growing concern in Europe and the US as central banks signal monetary policy updates might be coming soon. China continues its regulatory crackdown aimed at tackling "foreign-related rule of law".

  • Monthly commentary, July 2021

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    Posted: 23 Aug 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, Economic performance, Markets

    The Delta strain continues to run rampant across Sydney, with case numbers continuing to soar and some form of restrictions expected to last for months. Abroad, the Tokyo Olympics commenced despite a total crowd ban due to strict public health orders. Back at home, Brisbane celebrated being named the 2032 Olympic host. COVID-19 related restrictions eased in the UK, with Freedom Day occurring and all COVID related health orders removed. Throughout the rest of the world however, a dire situation is unfolding as Delta's unprecedented virulence is forcing countries to reimplement restrictions and reassess their reopening strategies.

  • Monthly commentary, June 2021

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    Posted: 9 Aug 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, Economic performance, Markets

    Is our economic primed for a post-lockdown rebound? Since the pandemic hit our shores, one of the top words that comes to mind to describe the Australian economy and share market is 'resilient'. The Australian economy did not shrink by as much as what policymakers were anticipating last year - in fact, it did not even come close! By the March quarter of this year, economic output was back above its pre-pandemic level. The share market, after falling sharply over late February to late March last year, also bounced back pretty quickly. Indeed, it regained its all-time peak within fifteen months. This sort of recovery was not witnessed in the last two recessions in Australia or in the GFC-related downturn.

  • Monthly commentary, June 2021

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    Posted: 28 Jul 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    June started with the continuing outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne and by the end of the month, Sydney was feeling the full force of the Delta variant. The resulting three-week lockdown has seen considerable pressure being placed on the domestic economy. Whilst the RBA stayed firm on its 0.10% cash rate at its June 1 meeting, industry consensus is leaning further towards a pre-2024 rate hike, despite what has been indicated by the RBA. Neighbouring China will allow couples to have a third child to combat a falling birth rate, whilst in Europe consumer confidence rose from -5.1 to -3.3 in June, representing a return to pre-pandemic levels. Global COVID-19 vaccinations reached 2 billion doses early in the month.

  • Monthly commentary, May 2021

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    Posted: 9 Jul 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Over the course of May markets saw global inflation fears catalyse volatility. While the high vaccination rates across Europe and the US led to increased consumer sentiment, a rapidly deteriorating outbreak of COVID-19 throughout India sent shockwaves around the world.

  • Monthly commentary, April 2021

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    Posted: 4 Jun 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    April saw life in Europe, the UK and the United States slowly return back to what could be described as the new Covid-19 normal. Unfortunately, the perfect storm unravelled towards the end of the month with India facing rising daily Covid-19 case numbers and insufficient medical supplies.

  • Monthly commentary, March 2021

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    Posted: 4 Jun 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    As the first quarter of the year ended, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on risk markets almost seemed non-existent. Over March we saw US markets return to all-time highs, further upgrades to the global economic outlook, additional US stimulus packages and central banks reaffirming monetary policy and inflation expectations.

  • Monthly commentary, February 2021

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    Posted: 30 Mar 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    A year on from the first locally acquired cases of COVID-19 outside of China, physical and social distancing remains, however, economic data indicates economies around the world are on the road to recovery.

  • Monthly commentary, January 2021

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    Posted: 30 Mar 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    We look forward to 2021 being a year of recovery - both in a physical and economic sense. January saw the continued rollout across North America, Europe and Asia of three major vaccines, the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and the rise of the Reddit community.

  • 2020 Year in Review

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    Posted: 10 Feb 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    2020 was an unprecedented year on many levels. For the first time in many of our lifetimes, we experienced physical shutdowns and social restrictions across the global economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread economic recessions, dramatic market crashes with corresponding recoveries at velocity never seen before and geo-political tensions reaching boiling point on many fronts.

  • Monthly commentary, December 2020

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    Posted: 10 Feb 2021

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    As 2020 drew to a close, the final month of what had been an unprecendented year on many levels well and truly ended with a bang. In the month of December we saw the US Share markets continue to trade at all time highs, a Brexit deal reached, Australia - China trade tensions boil, new strains of COVID-19 emerge and ongoing battles on the result of the November 3rd US Presidential Election.

  • Monthly commentary, November 2020

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    Posted: 11 Dec 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    This month saw record COVID-19 infections across US and Europe with many countries heading back into physical lockdowns. November also saw mixed economic data and a new US President elect. Despite all, the strong hopes of a vaccine before Christmas led our local share market to have one of its strongest months since 1988.

  • Monthly commentary, October 2020

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    Posted: 24 Nov 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    With COVID-19 cases sparking renewed concerns for a number of nations worldwide, both corporates and governments continue to adjust their strategies to account for the persisting economic impact of the pandemic. Polling data predicted a victory for the Biden Administration in the US Presidential Election.

  • Monthly commentary, September 2020

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    Posted: 29 Oct 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Global markets reacted negatively to the continued uncertainty sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australians eagerly awaited the upcoming Federal Budget, which will weigh heavily on the strength of the economy as it recovers. The race for the US Presidental election is 'heating up', with investors bracing for the eventual economic impact.

  • Monthly commentary, August 2020

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    Posted: 25 Sep 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    In August, there were varied levels of confidence across economies globally. While there are positive signs of recovery, the fear remains as we continue to see a 'second wave' of COVID-19 cases. The effectiveness of new stimulus introduced by Governments and Central Banks will weigh heavily on the success of the global economic recovery going forward.

  • Monthly commentary, July 2020

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    Posted: 28 Aug 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Over July, varying economic results were reported throughout the world. While the hunt for a successful COVID-19 vaccine continues, Governments and central banks are focusing on new and additional forms of stimulus and relief, to the support the dire economic state of many nations at present.

  • 2019/2020 End of Financial Year Commentary

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    Posted: 4 Aug 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    FY 2019/20 began with strong momentum across most financial markets. However, as the year progressed, unemployment drifted higher, and coupled with benign inflationary pressures, many countries began to lower interest rates further in response. As the financial year headed towards March, the COVID-19 coronavirus rapidly spread across the globe, with containment measures shutting down entire economies. The impact of this economic shutdown appears to have reversed much of the economic and financial progress over the last few years and the world now finds itself in unprecedented circumstances. Major economies are now focused on delivering stimulus to support stability as the world battles containment of the pandemic.

  • Monthly commentary, June 2020

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    Posted: 24 Jul 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    June experienced continual, albeit slower economic growth against the last 2 months of surprise positive news. While most countries appear to be relaxing restrictions, various second wave outbreaks indicate that this global pandemic is far from over. Black Lives Matter protests have played centre stage throughout the media, with less attention placed on the precarious pandemic related situation that the world remains in.

  • Monthly commentary, May 2020

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    Posted: 24 Jun 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Following the surprise market recovery experienced in April, May has seen many indexes continue their early stages of bouncing back. As countries begin to relax their Coronavirus restrictions, the positive effect of reopening major economies has been felt globally. However, some uncertainty remains over how quickly economies can be reopened without risking a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

  • Monthly commentary, April 2020

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    Posted: 27 May 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    After the significant market decline in March, we saw equities rebound strongly in April. While the pandemic continues to spread, countries that have introduced effective measures in controlling the virus begun putting in place plans to gradually reopen their economies. Governments and central banks continued to roll out stimulus measures to mitigate the damage caused by the economic shutdown providing support to markets over the month. However, depsite the market rebound, uncertainty remains over the pandemic's ongoing impact to societal aspects of how populations will live post COVID-19, and the trajectory of global growth over the coming quarters.

  • Monthly commentary, March 2020

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    Posted: 4 May 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    With COVID-19 taking centre stage in what has become, over a short few weeks, both a medical and market crisis parelleled only by the two world wars and the great depression in the 1930s, markets over March were impacted with the sharpest declines investors have ever witnessed. The sell-off saw some of the highest proportion of assets underperform cash on a monthly basis for the first time in over 30 years.

  • Monthly commentary, February 2020

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    Posted: 26 Mar 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Over the month of February, we saw the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threaten to derail the revival in global economic growth which began in the latter part of 2019. Domestically, the current account recorded its 3rd consecutive surplus. Unemployment rates moved further away from the RBA's goal. Equities were under pressure as the month closed, with the largest weekly declines since the GFC.

  • Monthly commentary, January 2020

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    Posted: 28 Feb 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    The Coronavirus outbreak has sent ripples through global financial markets; disrupting worldwide trade and supply chains, pressuring asset prices and forcing multinational businesses to make decisions around trade and employee wellbeing. Britain has been hit by a case of Brexit blues as the UK formally left the European Union.

  • 2019 Year in Review

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    Posted: 27 Feb 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Sluggish improvement in the domestic economy was further dulled by an ongoing US-China trade conflict. The Australian housing market recovered from the large market downturn in early 2019. Internationally central banks were active, with continued global easing of monetary policy. 'Populist' protests across the world centred on civil liberties and climate.

  • Monthly commentary, December 2019

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    Posted: 23 Jan 2020

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    The US and China have agreed to a 'phase one' trade deal where the US will remove tariffs and China to make structural reforms and change trade practices.

  • Monthly commentary, November 2019

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    Posted: 20 Dec 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    The Australian economy delivers a back-to-back current account surplus of $7.9bn for Q3. US and China trade talks continue, with a 'phase one deal' potentially sliding into 2020.

  • Monthly commentary, October 2019

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    Posted: 22 Nov 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    The Reserve Bank lowered the cash rate in early October for the third time this year by 25 basis points to a record low of 0.75%; trade talks between the US and China were initiated in October, a partial deal yet to be agreed on.

  • Monthly commentary, September 2019

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    Posted: 30 Oct 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Global oil prices surged mid-September after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities; US-China trade tensions the primary reason for the Federal Reserve's 25bp rate cut; a rise in Australia's unemployment rate lifted projections of an RBA rate cut in October.

  • Monthly commentary, August 2019

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    Posted: 26 Sep 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Heightened trade tensions following Trump's August announcement to increase tariffs on China resulted in a bout of market volatility. Fears of a looming recession returned to the markets after the inversion of the US Treasury 10-year-2-year bond yield.

  • Monthly commentary, July 2019

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    Posted: 30 Aug 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    The RBA delivered a further cut to the cash rate, followed by the US Fed Reserve who lowered interest rates for the first time in 11 years.

  • Monthly commentary, June 2019

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    Posted: 31 Jul 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    The RBA delivered its first move in its monetary policy since August 2016. Another temporary trade truce was formed between the US and China.

  • Monthly commentary, May 2019

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    Posted: 26 Jun 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Trade conflict between the US and China escalated after months of seemingly progressive talks. Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation and the search for a new leader begins.

  • Monthly commentary, April 2019

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    Posted: 1 Jun 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets, Brexit

    The first quarter equity market rally continues into April in light of dovish Central Banks and improving Chinese data.

  • Quarterly commentary, March 2019

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    Posted: 30 Apr 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, Economic performance, US markets

    Global markets rebound strongly on consumer sentiment following a weak end to 2018. Domestic earnings post strongest quarter returns in almost a decade. Chinese economic policy and optimism in trade truce with the US drive performance in Asia.

  • Monthly commentary, March 2019

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    Posted: 30 Apr 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets, Brexit

    A slowing economy remained a theme over March, while recession risks spooked markets following the inversion of the US treasury yield curve. China delivered on new economic reforms, as the ECB announced renewed liquidity provisions.

  • Monthly commentary, February 2019

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    Posted: 29 Mar 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets, Brexit

    Earnings season at home sees strongest monthly gains in markets since mid-2016. Optimism lifted as the US extends a trade truce with China and progress on the Brexit front.

  • Monthly commentary, January 2019

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    Posted: 20 Feb 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Global markets recovered from the tumbles seen in late 2018. Improved sentiment regarding trade talks, US Fed patience, Chinese stimulus and Brexit supported the markets, however global growth has remained subdued and geopolitical concerns remain.

  • 2018 Year in Review

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    Posted: 21 Jan 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Geopolitical events were the centre focus in 2018 as protectionism has shifted away the trend of globalisation. Global growth slowed through the year whilst markets have seen poor performance and high volatility, particularly in the final quarter.

  • Monthly commentary, December 2018

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    Posted: 21 Jan 2019

    Tags: Regular market updates, monthly commentary, Economic performance, Markets

    Global equity markets continued to fall throughout the month, marking the end to the worst year since the GFC. Economic slowdown fears was a key theme globally in December, as concerns such as the everlasting US-China trade talks, Brexit uncertainty and an oversupply of oil brought instability to markets.

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