Market Review December 2022

By January 19, 2023Market Reviews

Monthly Market Review – December 2022


How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 31 December 2022)

1 Bloomberg AusBond Bank 0+Y TR AUD, 2 Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+Y TR AUD, 3 Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate TR Hdg AUD, 4 S&P/ASX All Ordinaries TR, 5 Vanguard International Shares Index, 6 Vanguard Intl Shares Index Hdg AUD TR, 7 Vanguard Emerging Markets Shares Index, 8 FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 NR AUD, 9 S&P/ASX 300 AREIT TR, 10 FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global REITs NR AUD
Source: Centrepoint Research Team, Morningstar Direct

International Equities

After a couple months of positive gains, international equity markets retraced by -5.48% and -5.21% in unhedged and hedged terms for the final month of the year. All three major US markets (Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ) had their worst year since 2008. During December, markets started to price in a recessionary environment with elevated interest rates. This combination is rare as a recessionary period generally comes with a lowering of interest rates. Members of the United States Federal Reserve Bank have continued to keep expectations focused on higher interest rates throughout 2023. Indications of a slowing economy are forcing the markets to second-guess just how sustainable this is, however. Materials, information technology and consumer discretionary were the hardest hit sectors during the month and are indicative of recessionary (materials and consumer discretionary) and interest rate (technology) factors negatively impacting the market.

Australian Equities

Australian shares were not sheltered from this general market sell-off. The Australian market was down 3.3% in December with Technology, Real Estate and Industrials leading the way. Whilst the Australian market was down overall, the materials sector was buoyed by the reopening of China from their Covid-Zero policy. Energy and utilities also outperformed the ASX 200. Australia ended the year as the best performing index compared to the US, Europe, and Emerging Markets.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

International and domestic bonds had a negative month to end the year. International bonds fell 1.31% and domestic bonds fell 2.06%. The US raised rates another 50 bps in December and reaffirmed their commitment to stamping out inflation. This was perceived as negative for bonds as higher interest rates for longer amounts of time put downward pressure on bonds. A battle between bond traders and central banks is currently occurring. Bond markets are trying to suggest that interest rates should be lower by the end of 2023 due to a weakening global growth picture, however central banks thus far have remained adamant that interest rates will remain elevated. Throughout 2023, we will see who is correct.

Australian Dollar

The Australian Dollar (AUD) rallied 1.2% during December. This was aided by the US Dollar (USD) continuing its drop from the extremely elevated levels seen during its historic rise in 2022. This has allowed the Australian Dollar to continue to move higher from the lows of 0.63 AUD/USD in October this year. If economic growth expectations continue to deteriorate and inflation moderates in the United States, the Australian Dollar will benefit. If either of these trends reverse, the AUD could still move lower.


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