In spite of the generally positive mood investors remained concerned by the
ongoing spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, and whether it could derail the
recovery in major economies.
It became apparent that lockdowns in large parts of Australia would persist for longer than initially anticipated. As a result, economists downgraded economic growth forecasts and pushed back their expectations of when the Reserve Bank of Australia might start to raise interest rates.
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.