The rollout of Covid vaccines remained the key focus worldwide. More than 30% of adults in the US have now received at least one jab, for example, and new infections are down by around 80% since the peak in January.
Evolving interest rate expectations continued to set the tone for bond markets. Yields on US government bonds continued to rise quite sharply, but yields declined in most other regions including Australia.
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.