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Market Wrap August 2019 - Markets rallied on rate cuts…

The rally from December has continued into July with most equity markets up for the month.

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Market Wrap June 2019 - Markets faltered…

The rally from December lows faltered in May with most equity markets down for the month.

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Market Wrap May 2019 - Markets continue to recover…

The rally from December lows has flowed into April with most markets positive.

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Market Wrap April 2019 - Markets march on

The market rally that began in January continued more modestly in February and into March, with most markets positive.

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Market Wrap March 2019 - A mixed bag

After January’s bounce, February was a little quieter but still ended in positive territory, with global shares up by 3.4% and 5.6% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively.

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Market Wrap February 2019 - Shares rebound

January was a more positive month for investors after December’s volatility, with shares recovering most of their late 2018 losses. Global shares rose by 7.1% and 4.1% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively.

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Market Wrap October 2018 - Wall Street bulls keep charging

Global shares rose 0.8% on a hedged basis with the US market driving the biggest share of returns once again. The US market continues to deliver strong earnings supported by tax cuts.

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Market Wrap September 2018 - Wall Street leads shares higher

Global shares rose 1.5% and 4.1% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively. Developed markets remained solid, while emerging market shares remain under downward pressure.

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Market Wrap August 2018 - A more upbeat month for shares

• Share market performance was boosted in July as trade tensions eased. Global shares returned 3.2% and 2.5% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively.

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Market Wrap July 2018 - Trade concerns flatten returns

Share markets delivered solid returns in June. However, the gap between robust returns across most developed markets and weak returns in emerging markets continued. Australian equities continue to perform strongly.

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Market Wrap April 2018 - A bumpier ride

Trump’s trade tariffs with possible repercussions in the form of a trade war and a shake-up in technology stocks, led by Facebook on the back of its privacy violation, meant March was a bumpy ride for Wall Street. The U.S. stock market finished the first quarter of 2018 with losses for the first time in 10 quarters.

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Market Wrap March 2018 - Market corrects

Share markets continued late-January’s correction in February before a partial bounce-back saw global shares recover some ground, ending the month down 3.7% in hedged terms. New US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s debut testimony flagged the Fed may raise rates 4 rather than 3 times this year. This, along with prospects of a larger US fiscal deficit sent US Treasury yields and the US dollar higher.

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Market Wrap January 2018: Positive end to 2017

Most share markets ended 2017 positively, with global shares in hedged terms returning 1.1% in December, topping off a strong year (20.0%). A strong earnings season and the passing of the long anticipated tax reform legislation boosted US shares in December. The S&P 500 delivered positive returns for each month of 2017 without much volatility.

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Market Wrap November 2017: Global and local shares surge

The US remains buoyant with business and consumer confidence elevated. The US share market (S&P 500) keeps powering along supported by solid earnings and accommodative policy.

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Market Wrap October 2017: Global shares maintain momentum

Talk surrounding Donald Trump’s proposed tax reforms and solid economic data more than offset concerns about North Korea, the US Federal Reserve announcing that they will commence to trim their balance sheet and likely lift rates again this year.

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Market Wrap September 2017: Hitting the brakes

Share markets in the US closed flat for August after a choppy month on the back of US political uncertainty, riots in Charlottesville and tensions in North Korea. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey also contributed to what has been the most volatile month in the S&P500 this year.

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Market Wrap August 2017: Bouncing higher

Global share markets rose strongly during July as political risks and fears of a hard landing in China subsided. US growth in the second quarter lifted and we suspect a similar outcome in Q3...

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Market Wrap July 2017: Fed raises rates though markets pause

Global share markets paused in the month following rising volatility on the back of lower oil prices. The Fed raised interest rates by another 25bps following better economic conditions although the market ...

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Market Wrap June 2017: A mixed bag

Global share markets rose during the month as a strong reporting season in the US and Europe lifted investor confidence. Australian shares underperformed global shares as concerns over economic growth ...

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