Markets continued their impressive run so far this calendar year with most major exchanges recording solid gains in November. It’s now clear that the briefly inverted yield curve earlier in the year was not the harbinger of a US recession as many feared. Strong employment and wages growth together with positive sentiment is fueling a consumption boom in the world’s largest economy. The US market gained 3.4% for the month to be up an impressive 25.3% so far this calendar year with the NASDAQ advancing 30.6% over the same period.
In Australia, our market was 2.6% higher despite some disappointment that the Reserve Bank did not cut rates on Melbourne Cup Day.
Elsewhere, Europe was up 2.5%, Japan 1.6% while the UK improved just 1.4% as the Brexit saga moves to its likely conclusion following the general election on the 12th of December.
It was no surprise that mainland China fell 1.5% struggling under the weight of US tariffs on top of an already slowing economy. This was exacerbated by negative sentiment associated with the civil unrest in Hong Kong, dragging its market down 2.1%.