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9March 2021

A Finsec View – Lower for Longer, Bonds, A Visit from Magellan

March 9th, 2021|The FinSec View|

Due to a glitch in our system, Friday's customary view comes to you a weekend late. For those in South Australia, we trust you enjoyed a relaxing and restful long weekend. In the spirit of International Women's Day (yesterday), we take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the work, spirit and resilience of all the women in the FinSec community. It's rare that there is so much focus on bond yields and inflation, and it's mainly due to their potential impact on the sharemarket. However, it shows the [...]

5March 2021

Weekly Market Update – 5th March 2021

March 5th, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets saw a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last week initially rallying as fears around rising bond yields briefly eased, then falling after Fed Chair Powell reiterated the Fed's dovishness but failed to signal significant concern or action to deal with rising bond yields only to then see the US share market stage a strong rebound Friday afternoon as strong payrolls encouraged dip buying. This left share markets mixed for the week with [...]

26February 2021

Weekly Market Update – 26th February 2021

February 26th, 2021|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell over the last week as the selloff in bonds accelerated raising concerns about valuations. Bond yields increased significantly, particularly in the US and Australia and 10 year yields at their highs on Friday were up by around 100 basis points in the US from last year's low and by around 130 basis points in Australia, before settling back a bit helped in Australia by aggressive RBA bond buying to defend its 0.1% 3 [...]

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 [...]

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