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19February 2021

Weekly Market Update – 19th February 2021

February 19th, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week While Japanese shares rose over the last week, US, European and Chinese shares fell on concerns about the impact of rising bond yields on equity market valuations, particularly for high PE tech stocks. Australian shares were boosted early in the week to their highest level in nearly a year by strong earnings results, but reversed course as concerns around rising bond yields weighed with the week seeing sharp falls in utilities, consumer staple, real estate and energy [...]

19February 2021

A Finsec View – Bitcoin, Lower for Longer and Super Update

February 19th, 2021|The FinSec View|

Issue: Friday 19 February 2021 Last week was GameStop; this week, it's Bitcoin with some similar themes - waves of money, speculation and a movement behind it. Thanks mainly to a tweet from Elon Musk, Bitcoin has risen more than 30% in just over a week and is currently sitting just above $US50,000. Tesla's explanation for their $1.5 billion plunge into the cryptocurrency - it had updated its investment policy to provide it with more flexibility to diversify and to maximise the returns on cash that [...]

12February 2021

Weekly Market Update – 12th February 2021

February 12th, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rose again over the last week helped by good US earnings, declining new coronavirus cases and ongoing assurance of easy monetary policy and US fiscal stimulus. Australian shares fell slightly for the week though led by declines in energy, industrial, material and utility stocks not helped by Friday's news of yet another snap lockdown this time in Victoria. Bond yields were mixed with slight falls in the US and Europe but slight increases in [...]

5February 2021

Weekly Market Update – 5th February 2021

February 5th, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rebounded over the last week helped by good economic data and earnings news, reduced concerns around vaccines and as worries about the Reddit/day trader crowd adding to volatility fizzled. This saw the US share market rise to a new record high. Reflecting the positive global lead along with strong Australian data and a very dovish message from the RBA on interest rates and more QE, Australian shares rebounded with the gains led by a [...]

5February 2021

A Finsec View – Robinhood, Bubbles, US Stimulus and Chinese Empires

February 5th, 2021|The FinSec View|

Issue: Friday 5 February 2021 Welcome 2021 Traumatic events have a habit of etching themselves in our mind. We can remember where we were and what we were doing even if it was from thousands of miles away and we didn't have anything to do with it personally. For different generations this will mean different things. The GFC, the 9/11 bombings, Princess Diana's crash, JFK's assassination and so on but, for all of us 2020 will be one of those events. Everyone has their own experience [...]

2February 2021

Weekly Market Update – 29th January 2021

February 2nd, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell over the past week hit by a combination of concerns around coronavirus vaccine efficacy & roll out and delays to extra US stimulus as US retail day traders added to volatility. For the week US shares fell 3.3%, Eurozone shares lost 3.1%, Japanese shares fell 3.4% and Chinese shares lost 3.9%. Australian shares fell reflecting the weak global lead and a fall in iron ore prices with resources, IT, financial and industrial shares [...]

22January 2021

Weekly Market Update – 22nd January 2021

January 22nd, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rebounded over the past week with US shares hitting a record high helped by good earnings news and optimism regarding President Biden's stimulus plans. Reflecting the positive global lead and good Australian economic data the Australian share market rose to its highest since February led by strong gains in IT, retail, health and telco stocks. Bond yields mostly rose slightly as did oil and metal prices, but the iron price fell slightly. The $A [...]

15January 2021

Weekly Market Update – 15th January 2021

January 15th, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets were mixed over the last week with Japanese shares up strongly, but US and European shares down slightly partly on profit taking after a run of strong gains along with concern about rising bond yields and Chinese shares also down. Consistent with the soft US lead Australian shares also fell slightly with gains in energy, financial and IT stocks being more than offset by falls in consumer staple, health and industrial shares. Bond yields [...]

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