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Market Update – May 2019

View from the hill

The resurgence of global market has continued in April with lower volatility and US equities heading back to all-time highs. While economic data continues to be mixed with some signs of softening markets continue to rise as the potential for further rate rises has all but been ruled out.

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A new era for the Fed

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We appear to be on the cusp of a radical change in the approach to monetary policy in the US.  The Federal Reserve (Fed) has recently abandoned plans for further rate rises, declared an early termination of quantitative tightening and announced a strategic review of its monetary policy framework.

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Costs and competition

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The Australian reporting season was disappointing, with significantly more misses than beats and a large number of downgrades to forecasts for FY19 and FY20. There was some offset from a number of special dividends, although dividend forecasts were cut in a range of sectors.

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