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September 2016 Market Wrap

The Australian sharemarket was flat in the month of September, closing at 5,525.2 points. Last month, the Reserve Bank left the official Cash Rate on hold (at 1.50% per annum) and the Australian dollar gained 1.98% (currently buying 76.75 US cents).

Global investment markets were also relatively subdued in September. The US Dow Jones Index fell 0.5%, the London FTSE gained 1.7%, the Japan Nikkei 225 fell 2.6% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index gained 1.4% in the month.

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August 2016 Market Wrap

The Australian sharemarket retreated a by 1.9% in August, following the strong gains (+6.3%) recorded in July. As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the official Cash Rate to a new record low of 1.5% per annum early in the month.

Global investment markets were mixed in August. The US Dow Jones Index fell 0.2%, the London FTSE gained 0.9%, the Japan Nikkei 225 gained 1.9% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index gained 5.0% in the month.

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July 2016 Market Wrap

It was a stellar start to the financial year for the Australian sharemarket. The All Ordinaries index closed July at 5,644.0 points, marking a 6.3% gain for the month!

Global investment markets were positive as investors appeared to disregard the risks associated with 'Brexit' and a forthcoming election in the US. The US Dow Jones Index gained 2.8%, the London FTSE gained 3.4%, the Japan Nikkei 225 gained 6.4% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index gained 5.3% in the month.

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