While sentiment around global markets was fairly negative in the last quarter of 2018, data from FE Analytics shows the global equity market has surpassed its Australian counterpart in 2019, and chief analyst of Wealth Within, Dale Gillham, said there’s no reason why major world markets would not continue to do so into mid this year.
According to data from FE Analytics, for the year to 24 April, the MSCI AC World Index has returned 15.18 per cent, with the S&P ASX 300 sitting a few steps behind with 13.49 per cent.
Global equities returned, on average, 12.75 per cent, while their Australian counterparts reutnred 11.69 per cent.
So, while not a huge difference, it’s clear global equities are enjoying slightly better returns this year, with the top performing fund, the CFS FirstChoice Acadian Wholesale Geared Global Equity fund, returning 25.84 per cent.
In fact, the five top performing funds were all global equity funds, with the top performing Australian equity fund, the DDH Selector Australian Equities fund, sitting in seventh position with returns of 21.03 per cent.
Commenting on the market, Gillham said over the past year, we saw a lot of volatility in world markets caused by several geopolitical influences like tensions between the US and North Korea, and the US-China trade war.
“Both of these situations seem to be less of an issue today, and volatility in markets is now settling, as we have seen the CBOE...