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Australia’s October headline CPI came in at 4.9%, below market expectations of 5.2%. Crude oil prices slumped (-5.2%), despite intensive fighting in the Gaza strip between Israeli forces and Hamas and the ongoing risk of spill-over into a broader regional conflict. The RBA increased the cash rate by 0.25% to 4.35% while major global central banks kept interest rates on hold.

Australian shares gained 5.1% in November, led by the Healthcare, Technology and Industrial sectors. A-REITs surged 10.9% for the month. Currency-hedged international equities gained 8.0% and currency-unhedged international equities returned 4.4%, blunted by the Australian dollar which rose against the US dollar, Japanese Yen and the Euro.

The Australian 2-year government bond yield fell by -0.35% to 4.11% p.a. and the Australian 10-year government bond yield tumbled by -0.51% to 4.41% p.a. The US 2-year government bond declined by -0.41% to 4.68% p.a. and the US 10-year government bond yield fell by -0.60% to close at 4.33% p.a.

AUTHOR: Allan Grant

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