Market Update – February 2022

Highlights:

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined by -6.4% with significant sell-offs experienced in Information Technology (-18.4%), Health Care (-12.1%) and Consumer Staples (-9.6%).

  • Nonfarm payrolls rose 467,000 in January, well above of expectations of a 150,000 increase.

  • Eurozone annual inflation rose to 5.3% amid continuing high energy prices.

  • The RBA kept the cash rate on hold at 0.1% and will cease its $4-billion-a-week bond-buying stimulus program in early February.

Global economies

Global Covid-19 cases continue to rise with numbers surpassing 380 million cases and ten billion vaccine doses administered as of the end of January.

US

The Federal Reserve kept its policy rate unchanged at 0.00-0.25% at its January meeting and announced that with inflation well above 2% and a strong labour market, it expects it will soon be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate.

Europe

The European Central Bank made no change to interest rates at its January meeting, holding them at 0.0%, and pledged to reduce its bond purchases this year despite the record rise in inflation.

China

GDP rose 1.6% in Q4 2021, above the expected 1.1% rise, with the yearly rate also coming in ahead of expectations at 4.0%.

Asia Region

The Bank of Japan left interest rates unchanged at -0.10% during its January meeting.

Australia

The RBA left the cash rate unchanged at 0.1%, as widely expected, and decided to stop the A$275 billion bond-buying program with the final purchases to take place on February 10.

 

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