Recent GDP figures showed economic growth contracting in the September quarter as expected given the COVID19 restrictions imposed, however, going forward leading indicators suggest the economy is continuing to bounce back strongly.
Aussie shares outperformed global shares, falling 1.9% in September. Mining underperformance as investors reacted to selloff in iron ore prices. Fixed income returns also poor. The AUD$ fell against major currencies incl US$. Concerns over China amidst the unravelling of Evergrande weighed on AUD$ support.
As the coronavirus impacts our country and our way of life, we’re not only helping farm and business owners to endure the COVID-19 crisis; we’re future planning with families and businesses to thrive beyond it.
The Commonwealth Government yesterday released the second stage of its stimulus plan to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus and help build a bridge to recovery. A total of $189 billion is being injected into the economy by all arms of Government in order to keep Australians in work and businesses in business.
Share markets fell last week with the Australian market experiencing one of its worst weeks since August 2011 (when people thought the EU would break up). Negative returns in any given period can happen in the share market with this week standing out for its severity. However, we also see historically shares have lost value in approximately 22 weeks out every 52 weeks since 1980. It is not a rare thing to see in the share market.