Global unhedged and hedged shares had a poor month. As expected, unhedged outperformed hedged in a “risk-off” environment, helped by a depreciation in the Australian dollar. Aussie shares and particularly small cap stocks were hit hard during June.
Global shares fell in unhedged and hedged terms but global emerging markets rose over the month. Australian shares performed poorly during January. The leading sectors were Energy and Utilities with IT being the worst-performing sector for the month. Fixed income returns for the month were also poor. The $AUD lost against the $USD and the Yen.
Aussie shares outperformed global shares, falling 1.9% in September. Mining underperformance as investors reacted to selloff in iron ore prices. Fixed income returns also poor. The AUD$ fell against major currencies incl US$. Concerns over China amidst the unravelling of Evergrande weighed on AUD$ support.