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February 2016 Market Wrap

The All Ordinaries index declined by 2.1% in February, to close the month at 4,947.9 points. In the first two months of 2016, the Australian share market has now fallen by 7.4%. As with any market in which there are big price drops, opportunities are opening up, but having the conviction to act is another matter.

Global investment markets were mixed in the month, although generally weaker across the board. The US Dow Jones Index gained a modest 0.3%, the London FTSE gained 0.2%, the Japan Nikkei 225 Index declined by 8.5% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index declined by 2.9%.

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January 2016 Market Wrap

With a change in calendar year, came a change in investor sentiment - sparking a large sell off in investment markets.  The All Ordinaries index declined by 5.4% in the month of January to close at 5,056.6 points.

Global investment markets were weaker across the board. The US Dow Jones Index declined by 5.5% the London FTSE declined by 2.5%, the Japan Nikkei 225 Index declined by 8.0% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index declined by 10.2%.

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December 2015 Market Wrap

Australian sharemarket returns were positive in the month of December, with the All Ordinaries index gaining 2.4% to close the month at 5,344.6 points. The rally has been short-lived however, with volatility remaining a feature of invesmtent markets as we enter into the New Year.

In contrast, global investment markets were weak in December. The US Dow Jones Index declined by 1.7%, the London FTSE declined by 1.8%, the Japan Nikkei 225 Index declined by 3.5% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index declined by 0.4%.

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