Global equity markets rose for a fifth consecutive quarter in the three months to 30 June, reaching record highs and continuing their rapid recovery from the pandemic shock of the first quarter of 2020.
Global equity markets posted a strong start to 2021, with global indices approaching record highs and many individual markets approaching or surpassing pre-pandemic records.
Dominating headlines were growing signs of global economic recovery amid a fast-tracking of vaccine rollouts and the passing of a US$1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus package by the incoming Biden administration.
Global Markets Summary An extraordinary year in global markets ended on a positive note in an eventful fourth quarter, with equities registering very strong gains, led by small cap and value stocks, while a strong credit premium boosted bonds. The final quarter was dominated again in the news by developments [Read More]
Some sentiments doing the rounds right now: The 4% rule (consuming 4% of your portfolio value each year) will never work anymore because bond yields are so low. Tech stocks are going to see a spectacular crash. The stock market is running on borrowed time. Valuations can’t go up forever. [Read More]
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Global Markets Summary The dramatic turnaround in global equity markets from the coronavirus-induced slump in March continued in the September quarter, although prices fell back in the final month of the quarter after global benchmarks hit record highs. News headlines in the quarter were dominated on the one hand by hopes [Read More]
“The most fundamental problem of politics is not the control of wickedness but the limitation of righteousness” Henry Kissinger Regardless of political creed or levels of interest, the one thing we can safely agree on is that the Trump presidency hasn’t been boring. Comparisons with the 2016 presidential race are [Read More]
In an environment of diminishing income returns a different approach to funding cashflow is required. This approach seeks to take advantage of the diversification benefits and growth potential from lower yielding assets and adopting a ‘total return’ mindset.
Since I last wrote in this column on 31 March there has been tremendous change. The way we live, the way we work, the way we engage with each other and the way we think about the future. Some of the change has been good, much of it terrible, and there is plenty that we’re still not sure about.
To make sense of this seemingly impossible dichotomy of rising markets and deteriorating fundamentals, we need to look more deeply into the stock market’s composition.
In The Media
ABC Regional Radio March 16, 2021
Australian Investors Association November 22, 2020 The Pros and Cons of Financial Advice for your SMSF
Australian Investors Association November 22, 2020 US Election recap (were the pollsters wrong?)
ABC Regional Radio November 10, 2020
ABC Regional Radio August 18, 2020
ABC Regional Radio May 27, 2020
ABC Regional Radio April 30, 2020
Australian Financial Review April 20, 2020 Finance Roundup – “Coronavirus latest, RBA not immune and Super Tuesday”
ABC Regional Radio March 02, 2020
ABC Regional Radio February 04, 2020