October has historically been a poor month for share markets, however, the Australian market bucked this trend recording a solid return of +2.1% driven largely by strength in the banking sector and further gains in technology stocks. Some pre-election jitters in the US saw its market decline 2.8%, not helped by a rise in US bond yields which saw some rotation out of growth stocks such as some of the key technology names. A second wave of COVID infections and the prospect of further shutdowns, saw Europe down 5.5% and the UK 4.9% lower. Despite the sell-off in the US, Australian bond yields were fairly stable anticipating a 15 basis point rate cut by the RBA on Melbourne Cup day which was subsequently delivered, along with the announcement of a further $100 billion of quantitative easing over the next 6 months. Adjusted for the relative size of each economy, the RBA has expanded its balance sheet in a similar fashion to the US Federal Reserve. The RBA announcement also saw the AUD lose ground against the USD to finish just over 70c.