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Lonsec Market Commentary – May 2016

Lonsec Market Commentary – May 2016

The S&P/ASX 200 Index was up over May, finishing at 5,378.56, the highest level since August 2015. Health Care, Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors lead the rise, while Materials and Energy fell.

Even though the RBA remains concerned about low inflation, GDP is running at an above-trend 3.1% year-on-year.

The Australian Dollar fell against the US Dollar over May, down from $0.7603 to $0.7234.

For the full summary, you can read the May Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – May 2016

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Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2016

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2016

The ASX continued it’s recovery from its February lows this month, with April returns (as measured by the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index) at 3.37%. Gains were driven by the Materials, Energy and Financials sectors.

Globally, the S&P 500 Index fell 1.42%, the DAX finished up at 0.74% and the FTSE 100 ended April up 1.09%. The Nikkei 225 Index and the Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index were down, while the Hang Seng finished up.

The RBA dropped interest rates in April to a new historic low of 1.75%, advised as a preemptive move to avoid deflation.

In Australia we also saw unemployment fall again in March, retail turnover rise 0.4% and the trade deficit narrow.

For the full summary, you can read the April Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2016

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Lonsec Market Commentary – March 2016

Lonsec Market Commentary – March 2016

The S&P/ASX 200 regained some of the ground lost in February but is still down 15% from it’s April high from last year. Equities were up by 4.78% for the month of March but were down 9.27% over the year to March. All sectors were positive over the month.

Markets across Asia, Europe and the USA all recovered over March.

Unemployment in Australia fell back to 5.8% after the January increase, with Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales taking the lead. Unemployment in Europe fell slightly as well, down to 10.30%, which is the lowest rate since August 2011.

For a summary of how markets performed in March, you can read the Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – March 2016

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Lonsec Market Commentary – February 2016

Lonsec Market Commentary – February 2016

The Australian market continued to trend down in February, with the S&P 300 Accumulation Index down 1.72% over the month. Telecommunications, Information Technology and Financials were all down, while Resources and Materials recovered some lost ground.

While volatility remains an issue in Australia (as well as internationally), consumer sentiment rose in February. Retails sales also grew, albeit less than was expected.

The RBA kept interest rates on hold again and provided no clear indication as to whether they plan to make changes in the near future.

For more of the domestic and international economic news for February you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – February 2016

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Lonsec Market Commentary – January 2016

Lonsec Market Commentary – January 2016

As has been widely reported in the media, we have had a volatile start to 2016 with the S&P/ASX 300 down 5.5% over January. Global market weakness and sentiment spurred the downward trend, with only the Telecommunications and Utilities sectors up for the month.

All major global indices fell over January, mostly due to slowing growth in China and a continuing drop in the oil price.

While the oil price fell over the month, gold, silver, tin, zinc and aluminium all made gains.

For more of the domestic and international economic news for January you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – January 2016

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Lonsec Market Commentary – December 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – December 2015

After an initial fall, the S&P 200 ended up 2.7% by the end of December and was one of the best performing world markets. Energy and Industrials were down across the month while Financials, Consumer Staples and Discretionary all rose.

The US announced it’s expected rate rise of 25 basis points, ending the month down 2.0%. The Nikkei and Hang Seng were also down but the Shanghai Composite finished up 4.6% by the end of December.

Employment in Australia rose with 71,000 new jobs in November, one of the largest rises on record.

The Australian Dollar fell against the US Dollar in the first half of the month before finishing more or less flat.

For more of the domestic and international economic news for December you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – December 2015

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Lonsec Market Commentary – October 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – October 2015

The S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index posted a 4.4% return over the month of October, with the Energy sector leading the way.

Global markets rebounded to record their best month in four years. Markets were up across the board – the S&P 500 index saw a 6.7% gain, the Nikkei was up 9.7%, the Hang Seng up 8.6%, the DAX up 12.3% and the FTSE 100 gained 4.9%.

The Australian Dollar finished up 1.6% against the US Dollar by the end of October. The US Fed and the Australian RBA both kept interest rates on hold although both hinted at possible rate cuts by the end of the year.

For more of the domestic and international economic news for October you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – October 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – September 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – September 2015

As reported widely in the media, markets were volatile both nationally and internationally for much of September, spurred on by concerns around the state of the Chinese economy, the timing of US interest rate hikes and a weakening global economy. In Australia the Energy, Resources, Banking and Healthcare sectors were all down over the month, however the IT and Industrial sectors were up 5.3% and 1.4% respectively.

Off the back of the heightened volatility in equities markets and a subsequent rise in risk aversion, the Australian bond market ended higher at the end of September.

While Australian retail sales figures were down, export earnings increased over the period, narrowing our national budget deficit slightly.

For a round up of the domestic and international economic news for September you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – September 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – August 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – August 2015

The S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index fell 7.8% in August, lead by the banking and energy sectors.

There was continued global and domestic market volatility, primarily due to a series of Chinese currency devaluations. Equity markets fell sharply in late August before recovering a little towards the end of the month.

The Australian Dollar fell against the US Dollar, falling 2.7% over the month.

For a summary of the domestic and international economic news for August you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – August 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – July 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – July 2015

The S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index gained 4.40% over July, closing in on the 5700 mark. Domestically the Health Care sector performed best while Resources remained the worst, following continuing weakness in the commodities market.

Following the Greek Government’s acceptance of the EU bailout plan, US and European markets posted widespread gains over the month while Chinese stocks continued their selloff from June, with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index dropping 1.84%.

For a summary of the domestic and international economic news for July you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – July 2015