Market Update - June 2014



Key Point for June 2014

  1. The RBA held the overnight cash rate steady at 2.50% in June as expected. The rate was also left unchanged during the July sitting.
  2. Yields on fixed income securities fell further over the month, with the 3 Month Bank Bill Swap Rate and the 10 Year Australian Bond Rate decreasing by -0.05% and -0.12% respectively.
  3. Australian Shares had a poor month, with the All Ordinaries Price Index and the S&P/ASX 200 Price Index declining by -1.68% and -1.78% respectively.
  4. Australian Listed Property outperformed the broader domestic equities market, with the S&P/ASX 300 Property Price Index adding 0.60% over the month.
  5. Many of the major global equities markets recorded positive returns in June. While the US and Japan led gains over the month, the UK and European shares underperformed, decreasing by -1.47% and -0.69% respectively.
  6. Gold prices jumped by 6.21% over the month, while oil prices expanded by 3.00% (both measured in USD). However the overall US$ CRB Spot Commodity Price Index fell by -0.15% in the past month.
  7. The Australian Dollar continued to appreciate against most of the major currencies. In particular, it increased by 1.22% against the US Dollar, 0.79% versus the Euro and 0.74% against the Japanese Yen. The Aussie Dollar depreciated by -0.85% over the British Pound.
  8. The Australian Trade Weighted Index (TWI) rose by 0.70% in June, indicating a further increase in Australia’s international competitiveness.
  9. US equity market volatility increased by 0.17% for the month, ending the month priced at 11.57%, as measured by the S&P VIX Index.   

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 Source:       Zenith Investment Partners



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