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Market Review December 2021

Monthly Market Review – December 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared (As at 31 December 2021)

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

Unhedged and hedged international equities exposures finished positive on the month of December, changing 3.98% and 1.73% respectively. Even with high inflation numbers and surging Omicron case numbers, international equities rose to finish the year. A gain in the AUD/USD caused by a rebound in the iron ore price, which is highly correlated to the AUD, meant slight divergence in the hedged and unhedged returns.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index rose by 2.67% in December to finish the year strong. Fears regarding the Omicron variant subsided from the previous month as markets didn’t believe the economic impacts from the outbreak would cause economic damage like the previous variants. This had a lot to do with the governments “learn to live with it” reaction to the virus.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Australian long and short-term bond yields remained mostly unchanged on the month as the index rose 0.09%. International bonds fell 0.44% on the month as the US 10-year bond rose slightly on the month, differing from the Australian market. The Federal Reserve is likely initiating rate hikes in March this year which slightly pushed up these yields.

Australian Dollar

The Australian Dollar rose 1.8% on the quarter as a bounce in the iron ore price provided support. The Aussie Dollar is still in a gradual downtrend over the one year as it fell ~6% across 2021. This was primarily driven by a significant fall in the iron ore price from the fall in demand in the commodity primarily from China. The correlation between this commodity and the AUD is significant as it is Australia’s most exported resource.

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Market Review November2021

Monthly Market Review – November 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared (as at 30 November 2021)

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

Hedged and Unhedged International equities exposures varied strongly across the month of November changing 3.65% and -1.56% respectively. After moving sharply higher at the beginning of November, fears regarding higher and longer than expected inflation, news on the new COVID variant, combined with continued tapering talks coming the Federal Reserve was the catalyst in this index retracing the early gains. Higher interest rates in the US, making the USD more relatively attractive, forced the hedged index into negative territory.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index fell by 0.33% in November. Fears regarding the Omicron variant spooked markets late in the month as fears of potential complications arising from the unknown variant got priced in. A weakish economic back drop (as highlighted in last month’s update) combined with the unknown impact of this new variant has put Australian markets into caution mode heading into the end of the year.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Australian 10-year bond yields fell on the quarter as investors bought government bonds to protect from the uncertainty present in the stock market. This meant the Australian bond index rose 2.08%, putting a slight pause in the 3-month trend of rising rates that started with the talks of central bank tapering emanating from the hawkish rhetoric within the United States.

The international bond index rose 0.78% on the month as the same economic factors drove investors to also buy longer-dated international bonds. The new variant will test the global rising rate trend that had begun as a response to higher-than-expected inflation numbers coming from both Europe and the US.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar may have finally found a direction as it fell from roughly 0.75 US cents to 0.71 US cents on the month as the United States dollar benefited significantly from interest rate differentials and a safe-haven trade stemming from the outlined uncertainties previously outlined in markets. This appears to be the trend that may follow through December to end the year.

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Market Review October 2021

Monthly Market Review – October 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared (As at 31 October 2021)

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

International share markets (unhedged) rose 1.65% in October. Fully hedged international shares rose 5.41% on the month signaling a strengthening AUD across the month. Within the United States, the S&P 500 continues to make new all-time highs as markets in general have largely shrugged off the fears of inflation.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index rose by 0.15% in October, not nearly as much as other markets such as the US. Australian equities have traded largely sidewards since August. The primary driver has been the impact of the sharp fall in the iron ore spot price on major materials companies. These companies make up a significant percentage of the wider index. This is combined with various economic indicators such a rise in unemployment and a fall in consumer confidence which can be attributed to a slight rise in inflation expectations.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Australian bonds had a significant fall in the final week of October (-3.55%). This was driven by an indication of policy change by the RBA as they stopped purchasing short-dated bonds which was part of their yield-curve control policy. Short-term yields rose sharply causing the Australian Bond Index to sell off. Sooner than expected rate rises could be what the RBA is attempting to set the stage for.

International bonds fell -0.26% as long dated government yields rose slightly. Inflation is now sitting at a 30 year high in the United States and looks to be moving upwards in many countries around the world. This is having an impact on bond yields and may cause central banks to start thinking about rising rates at a faster pace than previously anticipated.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar rose significantly in the month of October as it continues to move in a choppy trading pattern. Multiple factors such as rising inflation, central bank policy expectations, economic impacts of a slowing China and internal economic dynamics are all trying to be priced into the Australian Dollar causing a lack of clear trading direction at this point in time.

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Market Review September 2021

Monthly Market Review – September 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 30 September 2021)

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

International Equities

International share markets (unhedged) fell by -3.04% in September. The performance of hedged and unhedged shares is now fairly similar over longer time periods. However, with a weaker A$, unhedged shares are now outperforming hedged over the past 6 and 12 months. Share markets fell because of concerns about higher inflation and interest rates. The sharp selloff in Chinese property developers weighed on emerging market shares.

The vaccine rollout continues to be a good news story and is progressing well in both the US and Europe, despite concerns about the spread of the “Delta” variant of Covid-19. Market valuation, particularly in the world’s largest share market, remain a key risk, with the US share market trading at valuation levels last seen just prior to the 2000 crash. In other countries valuations are at the upper end of the range, but are nowhere near as excessive as is the case in the US.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index fell by -1.6% in September, largely following international markets. There are some risks that the prolonged lockdowns may impact the real economy and market sentiment negatively. However, the Australian vaccine rollout is finally starting to gain momentum, with credible forecasts of 90% vaccination rates likely to be achieved by late October in some states. A risk factor for Australian shares is the continued fall in iron ore prices. The falling value of the A$ will however partially offset these falls.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Australian government bond yields rose in September, leading to capital losses in Australian and international fixed interest markets. The RBA has quite clearly indicated that Australian cash rates are likely to be held at current levels for at least the next few years. In the US the Federal Reserve is under greater pressure to raise rates.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar fell modestly against the US dollar in September. If commodity prices continue to fall as we expect then we would anticipate a lower A$ in the future.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this material is current as at date of publication unless otherwise specified and is provided by ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012, AFS Licence No. 331367 (ClearView) and Matrix Planning Solutions Limited ABN 45 087 470 200, AFS Licence No. 238 256 (Matrix). Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs.  Before acting on any such information, a person should consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. In preparing this material, ClearView and Matrix have relied on publicly available information and sources believed to be reliable.  Except as otherwise stated, the information has not been independently verified by ClearView or Matrix. While due care and attention has been exercised in the preparation of the material, ClearView and Matrix give no representation, warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. The information in this document is also not intended to be a complete statement or summary of the industry, markets, securities or developments referred to in the material. Any opinions expressed in this material, including as to future matters, may be subject to change. Opinions as to future matters are predictive in nature and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from results ultimately achieved. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

Market Review August 2021

Monthly Market Review – August 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 31 August 2021)

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

International Equities

International share markets (unhedged) rose 3.09% in August. The performance of hedged and unhedged shares is now fairly similar over longer time periods. However, with a weaker A$, unhedged shares are now outperforming hedged over the past 6 and 12 months. The US share market continues to grind higher and higher. European shares also continue to deliver positive returns. In Asia there are rising concerns about China embarking on a difficult period of structural reform. This is reflected in poorer relative performance of Chinese stocks.

The vaccine rollout is progressing well in both the US and Europe, despite concerns about the spread of the ‘Delta’ variant of COVID-19. Market breadth – which measures participation in the market – is becoming narrower, with fewer and fewer large capitalisation stocks responsible for driving the market higher.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index rose by 2.6% in August, largely following international markets. There are some risks that the prolonged lockdowns may impact the real economy and market sentiment negatively. However, the Australian vaccine rollout is finally starting to gain momentum, with credible forecasts of 70-80% vaccination rates likely to be achieved by late October. A risk factor for Australian shares is the continued fall in iron ore prices. The falling value of the A$ will however partially offset these falls.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Australian government bond yields fell in August, leading to very modest capital gains in Australian fixed interest markets. The RBA has indicated that Australian cash rates are likely to be held at current levels for at least the next few years. Internationally long-term interest rates rose modestly, leading to small capital losses on international bonds.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar fell modestly against the US dollar in August. If commodity prices continue to fall as we expect, then we would anticipate a lower A$ in the future. We continue to prefer currency unhedged, to currency hedged investments.

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The information contained in this material is current as at date of publication unless otherwise specified and is provided by ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012, AFS Licence No. 331367 (ClearView) and Matrix Planning Solutions Limited ABN 45 087 470 200, AFS Licence No. 238 256 (Matrix). Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any such information, a person should consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. In preparing this material, ClearView and Matrix have relied on publicly available information and sources believed to be reliable. Except as otherwise stated, the information has not been independently verified by ClearView or Matrix. While due care and attention has been exercised in the preparation of the material, ClearView and Matrix give no representation, warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. The information in this document is also not intended to be a complete statement or summary of the industry, markets, securities or developments referred to in the material. Any opinions expressed in this material, including as to future matters, may be subject to change. Opinions as to future matters are predictive in nature and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from results ultimately achieved. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

Market Review July 2021

Monthly Market Review – July 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 31 July 2021)

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

International Equities

International share markets (unhedged) rose by 4.1% in July, helped by the weaker A$. Hedged international shares, which did not benefit from the falling A$, returned 1.8%. The US share market continued to edge higher. European shares also delivered positive returns. Chinese and Hong Kong share markets experienced a more difficult period, with concerns rising amongst property developers who are facing government restrictions on their capacity to borrow, as well as large Chinese technology companies who appear to have fallen out of favour with Chinese authorities.

Overall, share markets continued to be underpinned by a strong recovery due to the on-going rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and lower long-term interest rates. However, there are some areas of concern. Market breadth – which measures participation in the market – is becoming narrower, with fewer and fewer large capitalisation stocks responsible for driving the market higher.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index rose by 1.1% in July, supported by continued strength in the domestic economy. Sentiment remains positive, despite the growing number of COVID-19 related lockdowns in NSW and other states. In contrast to the first series of lockdowns in 2020, there are no aggressive stimulus packages currently in place. A key issue for both the Australian share market and the Australian economy is how quickly Australia will roll out its vaccination program. There are some grounds for optimism, with additional vaccine supplies becoming available.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Both Australian government bond yields and US Treasury yields moved lower in June, leading to capital gains in fixed interest markets. The RBA has indicated that Australian cash rates are likely to be held at current levels for at least the next few years. The rise in capital values for bonds and many fixed interest funds is welcome. However, investors who are depending on fixed interest investments to deliver income are likely to continue to experience low levels of interest rates over the coming periods.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar fell by approximately 2% against the US dollar in July and is now lower for the calendar year to date, amid broad US dollar strength. The US dollar rose against most other currencies.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this material is current as at date of publication unless otherwise specified and is provided by ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012, AFS Licence No. 331367 (ClearView) and Matrix Planning Solutions Limited ABN 45 087 470 200, AFS Licence No. 238 256 (Matrix). Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any such information, a person should consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. In preparing this material, ClearView and Matrix have relied on publicly available information and sources believed to be reliable. Except as otherwise stated, the information has not been independently verified by ClearView or Matrix. While due care and attention has been exercised in the preparation of the material, ClearView and Matrix give no representation, warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. The information in this document is also not intended to be a complete statement or summary of the industry, markets, securities or developments referred to in the material. Any opinions expressed in this material, including as to future matters, may be subject to change. Opinions as to future matters are predictive in nature and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from results ultimately achieved. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

Market Review June 2021

Monthly Market Review – June 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 30 June 2021)

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

International Equities

International share markets (hedged) rose by 2.1% in June. Movements in share markets over the month were largely driven by comments from members of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) about the timing of future interest rate hikes. Share markets initially fell after the Fed brought forward the timeline of expected interest rate hikes at its June meeting due to the stronger-than-expected economic recovery (the median expectation of Fed officials showed two rate hikes in 2023 from zero after their March meeting). However, share markets rebounded after Fed Chair Powell calmed markets by reiterating that the recent spike in inflation is likely to be temporary, and it will prioritise a “broad and inclusive” recovery of the jobs market before raising interest rates.

Overall, share markets continued to be underpinned by a strong recovery in the global economy, the ongoing rollout of vaccines and the prospect of further significant fiscal stimulus in the US.

Global inflation readings continued to increase in June. However, economists largely expect the current spike in inflation to be transitory. The key drivers of the recent increase in global inflation are base effects (as last year’s deflation drops out of annual calculations), higher commodity prices, supply chain bottlenecks (due to production curbs during the pandemic) and consumers switching spending from services to goods.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index rose by 2.6% in June, supported by continued strength in the domestic economy. The release of GDP data for the March quarter showed that the economic recovery in Australia has been V-shaped, with the level of output in Australia now above its pre-pandemic level; not many other countries are in this same position. The employment data for May showed a strong increase in employment and a fall in the unemployment rate from 5.5% to 5.1%. The level of employment in Australia is now also above its pre-pandemic level. Australia and New Zealand are the only advanced economies where this is the case. The housing market in Australia also remains strong, with housing finance commitments continuing to boom in April, driven by existing owner occupiers and investors.

As was the case for international equity markets, the domestic share market was also impacted by comments from Fed members during the month regarding the timing of future interest rate increases in the US (see above).

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Australian government bond yields and US Treasury yields both drifted modestly lower in June, despite early indications that some central banks may start tapering sooner than expected given the recent strength in economic data. In mid-June, the Fed brought forward its timeline of expected interest rate hikes, causing a sell-off in equities markets. However, bond yields were largely stable, having already increased sharply earlier in the year in response to higher inflation expectations.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar fell by around 3% against the US dollar in June, to its lowest level since December last year, amid broad US dollar strength. The US dollar rose against most currencies after the Fed brought forward its timeline of expected interest rate hikes at its monetary policy meeting in mid-June.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this material is current as at date of publication unless otherwise specified and is provided by ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012, AFS Licence No. 331367 (ClearView) and Matrix Planning Solutions Limited ABN 45 087 470 200, AFS Licence No. 238 256 (Matrix). Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any such information, a person should consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. In preparing this material, ClearView and Matrix have relied on publicly available information and sources believed to be reliable. Except as otherwise stated, the information has not been independently verified by ClearView or Matrix. While due care and attention has been exercised in the preparation of the material, ClearView and Matrix give no representation, warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. The information in this document is also not intended to be a complete statement or summary of the industry, markets, securities or developments referred to in the material. Any opinions expressed in this material, including as to future matters, may be subject to change. Opinions as to future matters are predictive in nature and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from results ultimately achieved. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

Market Review May 2021

Monthly Market Review – May 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 30 May 2021)

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

Australian and International Equities 

May was a volatile month for equity markets. Inflation worries caused a fall in the first half of the month with the ASX All Ords down -1.83% at one stage. It rebounded strongly in the second half of the month, posting a 1.96% gain at the close of May. This was an impressive 3.75% rebound from the lows of the month. International equities in both developed and emerging markets also had a strong end to the month as inflation worries eased.

In the first half of the month, inflation worries were at the forefront of investors’ minds due to strong commodity prices and supply chain constraints. Commodity price increases were widespread across several areas such as steel, lumber, oil and corn. Iron ore and copper rallied to all-time highs in mid-May. Commodity prices generally surge following a recession. This is because firms cut back during a recession and cannot ramp up production as quickly once demand comes back. Supply chain constraints also saw shortages of certain goods leading to an increase in prices. Notable was the shortage in new cars and price rises the second-hand car market. These factors contributed to the initial losses in the ASX early in the month, as investors worried about the impact of higher inflation on equity markets. Historically higher inflation has been a negative for equities in the short to medium term, as companies dealt with higher input prices and the potential increase in interest / borrowing rates.

During the second half of the month, inflation worries lessened as investors questioned whether the uptick will just be transitory due to the opening of economies. Commodities fell from their highs and cryptocurrencies saw a sharp decline as China signaled their intention to curb commodity price rises and implement greater scrutiny over cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin fell from a high of $58.9k to $34.7k within the month – a decline of over -41.0%.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Global and domestic bond yields remained stable over May. However, there were early indications that many central banks may start tapering sooner than expected given the recent economic data.

COVID and vaccines

COVID concerns remain at the forefront. While case numbers across the world have been declining, there is no room for complacency as evidenced by the recent lockdown in Melbourne. Concerningly, other countries such as Vietnam and Taiwan, which have been successful in dealing with COVID have seen renewed increases in the number of cases. The vaccine roll-out continues across the world. Approximately 8.0% of the population of emerging countries have been vaccinated vs 38.0% in developed countries.

Australian Economy

Notwithstanding the recent lockdowns in Melbourne the Australian economy has grown with employment now above pre-COVID levels. The Federal government announced its 2021-22 budget, which will be stimulatory, with an expected deficit of $161 billion. Fortunately, the higher iron ore prices and stronger economic growth will help fund part of the budget rather than the Australian government issuing a massive supply of bonds.

Going forward, key risks include inflation scares, the persistent spread of COVID, the effectiveness of vaccines against new variants and geopolitical tensions. However, with the vaccine rollout, opening of economies, fiscal stimulus, and rates still at low levels, the local and global economies look well placed to continuing growing.

Australian dollar

The Australian dollar has been steadily weakening since mid-May with the fall in commodity prices.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this material is current as at date of publication unless otherwise specified and is provided by ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012, AFS Licence No. 331367 (ClearView) and Matrix Planning Solutions Limited ABN 45 087 470 200, AFS Licence No. 238 256 (Matrix). Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any such information, a person should consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. In preparing this material, ClearView and Matrix have relied on publicly available information and sources believed to be reliable. Except as otherwise stated, the information has not been independently verified by ClearView or Matrix. While due care and attention has been exercised in the preparation of the material, ClearView and Matrix give no representation, warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. The information in this document is also not intended to be a complete statement or summary of the industry, markets, securities or developments referred to in the material. Any opinions expressed in this material, including as to future matters, may be subject to change. Opinions as to future matters are predictive in nature and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from results ultimately achieved. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

Market Review April 2021

Monthly Market Review – April 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 30 April 2021)

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

Australian Equities 

April was a great month for the Australian Share market with the S&P/ASX All Ord rising 3.92% over the period.  Traditionally the month is a strong month for the share market as the end of financial year approaches. A great deal of the positive momentum can also be attributed to low interest rates, market stimulus and a rebound of economic activity. Materials was the best performing sector, driven largely by stronger metal prices and a slightly weaker US dollar. Technology also did well, due to by a decline in Australian bond yields. Energy was the worst performer with coal being a notable area of weakness within energy, as investor sentiment towards the carbon emitting sector sours.

International Equities

The global recovery is continuing to gather momentum with the IMF revising up its 2021 global growth forecast to 6.0%. The recovery has been positive for share markets which benefit from rising earnings and low interest rates. US stocks did well, buoyed by multiple signs of economic recovery including an impressive jobs report, a jump in retail sales, and a pick-up in housing. European markets also moved higher, lifted by solid corporate earnings and the progress made by EU countries in vaccine distribution. A recent surge in Covid cases plaguing India and Brazil has put pressure on these emerging economies and their markets. Overall, the performance of emerging market equities was flat. The slow vaccine rollout in the developing word is holding back emerging market stocks.

Domestic and International Fixed Income

Global and domestic bond yields eased back in April as central banks reiterated their desire to keep accommodative financial conditions. The recent stability in bond yields enabled share markets to resume their rising trend after a few wobbles earlier in the year.

Australian dollar 

The Australian dollar continued to maintain its strength in April. Strong commodity export prices have helped keep the dollar strong.

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Market Review March 2021

Monthly Market Review – March 2021

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How the different asset classes have fared: (As at 31 March 2021)

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

Domestic and International Fixed Income

After rising sharply in February, US Treasury yields continued to edge higher in March, reflecting an improving outlook for the global economy due to the ongoing rollout of vaccines and the prospect of further significant fiscal stimulus in the US. At the end March, US President Biden announced a US$2.3 trillion “American Jobs Plan”. The plan focusses on infrastructure spending, spread over eight years, and is proposed to be funded by corporate tax increases spread over 15 years. This plan comes on top of a US$1.9 trillion relief package signed into law by President Biden in early March, and a US$900bn emergency relief package paid out in January.

The Biden administration is expected to announce another package in coming weeks focused on childcare, healthcare and education, which will be funded by tax increases on wealthy individuals. As a result of the huge fiscal packages proposed by the Biden administration, the market is expecting the US economy to recover strongly. The markets’ belief in economic recovery and the inflation that may result have been contributing factors to rising bond yields. However, Central banks remain dovish and have reiterated their commitment to keep easy monetary policy in place for an extended period.

After increasing sharply in February, Australian government bond yields declined slightly in March. Bond prices were supported after the RBA reiterated its commitment to its 3-year bond yield target of 0.1% and reinforced its message that they do not expect the cash rate to increase until 2024 at the earliest. In its March meeting press release, the RBA also flagged that they are “prepared to do more” bond purchases if deemed necessary.

Australian Equities

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index rose by 1.8% in March, underperforming a 4% gain (foreign currency hedged) in international share markets. The best performing sectors for the month were consumer discretionary and utilities. The labour market recovered further in February, with a decrease in the unemployment rate to 5.8%. The Australian housing market also continued to rise in March, increasing by 2.8% according to CoreLogic, which is the fastest monthly increase since the late 1980s. Strength in the housing market has been driven by strong demand from first home buyers.

International Equities

International share markets (foreign currency hedged) rallied by 4% in March. Share markets were buoyed by an improving outlook for the global economy due to the ongoing rollout of vaccines, together with the prospect of further significant fiscal stimulus in the US.

The S&P500 rose by 4.4%, driven by strong gains in value-oriented stocks which are expected to benefit from a strong global economic recovery. By contrast, high multiple and long duration growth stocks, such as US technology stocks, underperformed shorter duration and more cyclically levered-value stocks over the month.

European shares rallied in March, while emerging market shares underperformed due to weakness in Chinese equities. Chinese equities were reportedly weighed down by concerns around earnings and tighter liquidity conditions from the People’s Bank of China.

Australian Dollar

The Australian dollar decreased modestly in March alongside a decline in iron ore prices (albeit from very high levels) and a narrowing in the spread between Australian and US government bond yields.

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The information contained in this material is current as at date of publication unless otherwise specified and is provided by ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012, AFS Licence No. 331367 (ClearView) and Matrix Planning Solutions Limited ABN 45 087 470 200, AFS Licence No. 238 256 (Matrix). Any advice contained in this material is general advice only and has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs.  Before acting on any such information, a person should consider its appropriateness, having regard to their objectives, financial situation and needs. In preparing this material, ClearView and Matrix have relied on publicly available information and sources believed to be reliable.  Except as otherwise stated, the information has not been independently verified by ClearView or Matrix. While due care and attention has been exercised in the preparation of the material, ClearView and Matrix give no representation, warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. The information in this document is also not intended to be a complete statement or summary of the industry, markets, securities or developments referred to in the material. Any opinions expressed in this material, including as to future matters, may be subject to change. Opinions as to future matters are predictive in nature and may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from results ultimately achieved. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

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