Market Commentary - September
Glenmore Asset Management
Globally equity markets in September declined materially driven by rising bond yields. In the US, the S&P 500 fell -4.9%, whilst the Nasdaq declined -5.8%. In the UK, the FTSE 100 outperformed, rising +2.3%, due to its heavy resources and lower technology weightings.
In Australia, the All-Ordinaries Accumulation Index fell -2.8%. Energy was the best performing sector (brent crude oil rose +9.8%), whilst real estate and technology were the worst performing sectors, both impacted by rising bond yields. Small caps underperformed as investor risk appetite weakened, with the ASX Small Ords Accumulation Index falling -4.0%.
In bond markets, the US 10-year bond yield climbed +43bp to close at 4.54%. Its Australian counterpart saw the yield increase +46bp to 4.49%. The increase in bond yields was the main story for financial markets in the month and was driven by expectations that high inflation will be more persistent and hence require more rate hikes from central banks over the next 6-12 months. The Australian dollar was flat, closing at US$0.64.
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