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Investment Markets Data - To 28th February 2009.
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More cruel advantage in a troubled market
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Economic Indicators

 

Economic GrowthQuarterYear
Australian GDP0.1% (Sept 08)1.9% (Sept 08)
U.S. GDP (annualised)-0.2% (Dec 08)-3.8% (Dec 08)
Inflation
Australian CPI0.3% (Dec 08)3.7.% (Dec 08)
U.S. CPI---0.1% (Dec 08)
Unemployment
Australian Unemployment Rate---4.5% (Dec 08)
U.S. Unemployment Rate---7.2% (Dec 08)
Official Interest Ratesat 31st January 09at 31st December 08
RBA cash rate4.254.25
US Federal Funds Rate0.250.25
Bank of Japan0.100.10
European Central Bank2.002.50
Bank of England1.502.00
10 Year Bond Rates
Australian Interest Rates - 10 year bond yield4.103.99
U.S. Interest Rates - 10 year bond yield2.842.21
Exchange Rates
$A/$USD Exchange Rate0.63590.6972
$A/$EUR Exchange Rate0.49620.5016
$A/$GBP Exchange Rate0.44110.4849
$A/$JPY Exchange Rate57.110263.2012

INVESTMENT MARKETS DATA:

Investment market performance to 31 Jan 2009

Asset class

Index

1 mth %

3 mths %

6 mths %

1 yr % pa

2 yr % pa

3 yr % pa

5 yr % pa

Australian cash

UBSA bank bill index

0.4

1.4

3.4

7.4

7.1

6.8

6.3

Australian fixed interest

UBSA composite bond index

1.4

5.7

11.6

15.2

9.6

7.5

7.1

International fixed interest

Lehman global aggregate (hedged)

-0.6

5.0

5.0

6.6

7.6

6.5

6.8

Australian property

S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT index

-9.6

-19.1

-37.6

-52.8

-39.9

-20.5

-5.9

International property

UBS global investors index ($A hedged)

-12.9

-21.4

-47.4

-51.1

-38.7

-19.6

n/a

Australian share

S&P/ASX 300 accum index

-4.8

-11.0

-27.3

-34.7

-18.6

-6.7

5.8

International share (unhedged)

MSCI world ex Australia ($A unhedged)

0.2

-8.5

-7.7

-17.3

-15.7

-6.9

0.8

International share (hedged)

MSCI world ex Australia ($A hedged)

-7.4

-11.8

-35.7

-38.7

-23.5

-12.1

-1.2

International smaller companies

S&P / Citigroup World <US$1.5bn cap ($A unhedged net div)

0.8

.7.0

-13.1

-21.0

-20.6

n/a

n/a

Global emerging markets

MSCI EM in $A (div reinvested)

2.6

-3.3

-24.0

-30.0

-13.4

-4.9

9.4

 

 

Important information

The information contained in this publication is current at the date of issue and may change over time. This publication has been prepared to provide you with general information only. It is not intended to take the place of professional advice and you should not take action on specific issues in reliance on this information. In preparing this information we did not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person. Before making an investment decision you need to consider (with or without the assistance of an adviser) whether this information is appropriate to your needs, objectives and circumstances.

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