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Market Wrap – June 2018

Market Wrap – June 2018

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A Month Of Two Halves

  • Global shares rose 0.4% in unhedged terms (1.3% hedged) in May as a strong start on the back of better-than-expected economic data and easing US-Chinese trade tensions softened a mixed second half as President Trump cancelled talks with North Korea, and as political uncertainty heightened in Italy and Spain.
  • Over May, the US S&P 500 index increased by 2.2%. In Europe, the French CAC40 fell -2.2% while UK’s FTSE100 rose 2.3%. The major bourses in Asia were lower.
  • Threat of Turkey’s President taking over its central bank spooked markets about emerging markets. The region was down -3.8%.
  • Minutes from the US FOMC’s May meeting revealed that officials are likely on track to raise rates in June. It also suggested the Fed may be willing to permit inflation to run higher than its 2% target.
  • US 10-year Treasury bond yields exceeded 3% during May as prospects of higher inflation dimmed the appeal of longer-term debts. However, yields fell sharply in the final days of the month as troubles in Italy saw investors flee to the safety of US Treasuries.
  • Australian shares rose, up by 1.2%. The housing market continued to rebalance as foreign buyer demand slows and bank lending standards tighten.

FOMC = Federal Open Market Committee.

Major Asset Class Performance (%)

Source: JP Morgan & ANZ Wealth, 31 May 2018.
Indices: Australian Shares – S&P / ASX 300 Accumulation, Global Shares (hedged/unhedged) – MSCI World ex Australia Net, Global Emerging Markets – MSCI Emerging Free Net in AUD (unhedged), Global Small Companies (unhedged) – MSCI World Small Cap ex Australia, Global Listed Property – FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Rental Index ex Australia (hedged), Cash – Bloomberg Bank Bill, Australian Fixed Income – Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+ Yr Index, International Fixed Income – Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index (hedged).
Please note: Past performance is not indicative of future performance.


Source: Bloomberg & ANZ Wealth, 31 May 2018. All foreign exchange rates are rounded to two decimal places where appropriate.
Please note: Past performance is not indicative of future performance.

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