The Covid situation took a turn for the worse, as spiralling infections saw new lockdowns introduced in Australia.
The government has suggested all restrictions can be lifted once 70% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated. Until then, the outlook for economic activity levels has deteriorated.
Despite these unwelcome developments, Australian shares started the FY22 year with solid gains. Bond yields fell sharply, resulting in favourable returns from fixed income markets too.
There was increasing discussion about the possibility of interest rate increases in key regions, to counteract gathering inflationary
pressures. This saw bond yields rise, and adversely affected the performance of fixed income markets.
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.
In this issue we cover Australia's aging populations and what that means for your retirement planning