Last week share markets around the world fell. At its lowest point the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1579 points, a fall of 6.4 per cent. This one-day fall wiped off more than all the gains made since the beginning of 2018. The Australian share market, unsurprisingly, followed suit having its worst week in 2 years.
- 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.
- US shares, having led December’s decline, performed strongly, ending the month up 7.9%. They were boosted by the US Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates on hold and its dovish communications around future tightening.
- The longest government shutdown in the US’s history, although now over, may slow GDP growth sooner than had been expected.
- Economic growth in the eurozone has also slowed, negatively affected by political instability and trade tensions, amongst other factors.
- The US and China, whose ongoing trade war contributed to market jitters in 2018, may be on their way to an agreement, although relations are still far from cordial.
- China’s growth is slowing, with poor manufacturing figures and exports also down. There are also concerns about its high corporate debt, currently at 162% of GDP. Careful government policy will be required to manage the transition to a slower economy.
- The Australian dollar gained ground, ending the month at almost US73c, supported by rocketing iron ore prices and a softer USD.
Major asset class performance (%)
|Asset classes||1 month||12 months||5 years (p.a.)|
|Global Shares (hedged)||7.1||-4.7||9.6|
|Global Shares (unhedged)||4.1||3.8||11.0|
|Global Emerging Markets (unhedged)||5.0||-4.8||8.6|
|Global Small Companies (unhedged)||6.5||2.0||10.3|
|Global Listed Property||10.1||8.2||9.6|
|Australian Fixed Income||0.6||5.5||4.6|
|International Fixed Income||1.0||3.3||4.7|
Indices: Australian shares – S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation; Global shares (hedged/unhedged) – MSCI World ex Australia Net; Global emerging markets – MSCI Emerging Markets Net in AUD (unhedged); Global small companies (unhedged) – MSCI World ex Aust Small Cap; Global listed property – FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Rental Index ex Australia (hedged); Cash – Bloomberg Bank Bill; Australian fixed income – Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+ Yr Index; International fixed income – Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index (hedged).
|Exchange rates||At close on 31/12||% change 1 month||% change 12 months|
|Trade weighted index||61.6||1.5||-6.1|
|Source: Bloomberg & ANZ Wealth, 31 January 2019. All foreign exchange rates are rounded to two decimal places where appropriate.|
Please note: Past performance is not indicative of future performance.
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