There was little change to the overall market background during the month. Attention remained dominated by the risk of new waves of the virus, and the pace with which vaccines are being administered in major regions.
Economic indicators have been generally positive recently, although the implementation of various lockdown restrictions nationwide are
clouding the outlook.
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.