May 2020 investment update

Investment update for May 2020 Australia benefits from rising commodity prices Domestic and global equity markets rose materially over the month of May, as global risk sentiment improved. This followed declining COVID‑19 infection rates and the relaxation of mitigation measures in many countries. The medical situation remained varied across countries. [...]

2022-02-07T16:12:29+11:0029 June 2020|

April 2020 investment update

Investment update for April 2020 Some optimism follows global responses to COVID-19 Global equity markets rebounded strongly in April in reaction to substantial fiscal and monetary responses to the economic impact of COVID-19, indications of economic re-opening, and optimism about treatments for the virus. Dispersion in performance between sectors and [...]

2022-02-12T17:03:09+11:0022 May 2020|

March 2020 investment update

Investment update for March 2020 World governments attempt to curb economic impacts of pandemic Global equity markets continued to fall sharply as the COVID-19 outbreak evolved into a global pandemic. While the outbreak decelerated in China, the number of cases in other countries approached 900,000 by the end of March. [...]

2022-02-07T15:52:00+11:0020 April 2020|

February 2020 investment update

Investment update for February 2020 Global COVID-19 outbreak brings economic effects and responses The international equity market produced a large negative return in February amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). China imposed drastic measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus including lockdown, factory and school shutdowns. Other [...]

2022-02-07T14:23:28+11:0018 March 2020|

January 2020 investment update

Investment update for January 2020 Global economy responds to coronavirus International equity markets produced a small negative return in the first month of 2020 amid news of the coronavirus outbreak. China’s economic activity had showed some signs of responding to accommodative monetary and fiscal policy, but the coronavirus outbreak will [...]

2022-02-07T16:41:21+11:0026 February 2020|

December 2019 investment update

Investment update for December 2019 A year of geopolitical risks and slowing growth concludes with positive returns Following the de-escalation of the US-China trade dispute and improved investor sentiment, international equity markets produced positive returns in December. The UK equity market benefited from the increased Brexit certainty that followed the [...]

2022-02-07T14:11:32+11:0029 January 2020|

November 2019 investment update

Investment update for November 2019 Increased commodity prices help Australian resources Globally, central banks continued to maintain a dovish stance on monetary policy. International equities produced positive returns in November to continue the strong performance in 2019. This was supported by renewed optimism with the US and China phase one [...]

2022-02-07T16:31:59+11:0031 December 2019|

October 2019 investment update

Investment update for October 2019 Continuing record low interest rates squeeze major banks As with the year to date overall, international equities produced strong positive returns in October. Global central banks continued to provide more monetary policy support. News that the US and China may soon strike a “Phase One [...]

2022-02-07T16:36:24+11:0029 November 2019|

September 2019 investment update

Investment update for September 2019 Slow global economic growth dominates Following the volatility in August, investment markets were more stable in September. Equity markets produced positive growth and continued the strong returns of this year, while trade tensions remained and further slowed global economic growth. Continued low inflation prompted easing [...]

2022-02-07T16:49:48+11:0024 October 2019|

August 2019 investment update

Investment update for August 2019 Bond yields at record lows across many countries Further escalation of trade tensions contributed to a sharp decline in equity markets early in August. Although markets did gradually recover some of the losses, equity markets were moderately negative across the globe. The UK was particularly [...]

2022-04-26T14:08:06+10:0024 September 2019|