The US election had earlier dominated attention. Donald Trump’s reluctance to
concede diverted attention from possible policy changes under the new Biden administration, but this will likely become an increasing focus for investors in the months ahead.
Credit spreads narrowed sharply, both in Australia and overseas. This reflected optimism around the vaccines and a potential return to
‘normality’ in 2020, and supported returns from corporate bonds domestically and internationally.
A rally in the second half of the month helped global share markets generate solid gains in January, extending the rally from November and December.
Recent research shows why giving to others can provide us with a mental boost. We feel happier when we have a choice in how and who we give, and when we see the results of our generosity.
Investment markets have shown a lot of enthusiasm for AI and Chat GPT technology. AI productivity gains could boost economic growth and
share market performance across the world.