2018 has seen sharemarket volatility return. Be alert – not alarmed – as the prospect for global sharemarkets remains positive.
By Tim Schroeders & Jeff Mitchell, Investment Research Department – Australian Unity Personal Financial Services
Sharemarkets, so far in 2018, are providing a contrast to the robust returns enjoyed by investors in 2017.
The Australian S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index returned -3.9% for the March quarter, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index finished the March quarter with a return of -5.8% (denominated in Japanese Yen) and the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 Index fell 8.2% (denominated in British pounds).
Not only has there been an across-the-board decline in these sharemarkets but there has been a significant rise in volatility from the historically low levels experienced in 2017 where markets felt as though they smoothly tracked upwards.
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