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14February 2020

Weekly Market Update – 14th February 2020

February 14th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets generally rose over the last week, but gains were constrained by ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak after China announced a large increase in new cases. US shares rose 1.6%, Eurozone shares rose 1.4% and Chinese shares gained 2.3%, but Japanese shares fell 0.6%. Reflecting the generally positive global lead Australian shares rose 1.5% leaving them just below their January record high with strong gains in financials, utilities, health and consumer discretionary stocks offsetting coronavirus [...]

7February 2020

Weekly Market Update – 7th February 2020

February 7th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rebounded over the last week on optimism the coronavirus outbreak will be contained as well as solid earnings results, although they gave up some of their gains at the end of the week on renewed concerns about the virus' impact on economic growth. For the week, US shares rose 3.2%, eurozone shares rose 4.0% and Japanese shares gained 0.7%. Australian shares benefitted initially from the global rebound, but the boost was limited, reflecting the [...]

31January 2020

Weekly Market Update – 31st January 2020

January 31st, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Equity markets continued to weaken over the week as the number of Coronavirus cases increased. While the Chinese and Hong Kong markets are closed for Lunar New Year, Japanese stocks were down by 2%, Eurozone equities fell by 2.3% while US and Australian markets also decreased but by a lesser extent ( 0.4% in US and -0.7% in Australia). However, news that the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of Coronavirus as a global health emergency [...]

24January 2020

Weekly Market Update – 24th January 2020

January 24th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week This week equity markets were knocked around with worries about a flu pandemic spreading from China. Asian equities were the hardest hit, with Chinese shares down 3.6%, Japan 1.1% lower, Euro stocks declined by 1.9% while US shares are down only by 0.1% this week and Australian equities are bucking the trend so far (+0.7%). Travel, insurance and luxury stocks were all negatively impacted (more on the details of the virus below). Energy and metal commodities [...]

17January 2020

Weekly Market Update – 17th January 2020

January 17th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week The solid rally in sharemarkets since the beginning of the year continued this week with US (up by 1.6% over the week) and Australian shares hitting a record high (+2.1% this week) as investor optimism lifted on good US and China data and the signing of Phase One of the US/China trade deal. Eurozone stocks lagged behind ( 0.4%) but this followed a strong rally last week. At the time of writing Japanese shares are up by [...]

10January 2020

Weekly Market Update – 10th January 2020

January 10th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week After a bit of uncertainty and volatility early in the past week, share markets pushed sharply higher as the US and Iran appeared to step back from escalating their conflict. This saw US shares push to a new record high rising 0.9% over the week, with Eurozone shares up 0.5%, Japanese shares up 0.8% and Chinese shares up 0.4%. The positive global lead saw the Australian share market rise 2.9% as it played catch up to global [...]

19December 2019

Seasons Greetings from all the Team at FinSec Partners

December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

As we seem to say every year... Where has the last 12 months gone?! It is December once again and we are only a few short weeks away from celebrating a new year. As is customary of the season, we have prepared our FinSec reflections; a look at some of the stories that have shaped our year in 2019. The year of the banks 2019 started with the banks in the headlines and looks set to end the same way. The gruelling public hearings of [...]

13December 2019

Weekly Market Update 13th December 2019

December 13th, 2019|Weekly Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw good news on the geopolitical front with the US and China reaching a Phase 1 trade deal, Congressional agreement on the USMCA (NAFTA replacement), Congress averting another US Government shutdown from December 20 and the Conservatives on track for a big majority in the UK's election. This pushed most global share markets higher, with the exception of Chinese shares which rose strongly the week before. Australian shares rose led by sharp gains in [...]