Australian equities are faring worse than their geographic rivals with the biggest losses of major equity regions, despite strong performance during 2019, according to data.
Looking at performance since the start of year Australian equity funds lost 26% compared to a loss of 13% over one year to 27 March, 2020, according to FE Analytics within the Australian Core Strategies universe.
This performance made the Australian equities sector the worst compared to its North American, European, Asia Pacific ex Japan and emerging market counterparts.
This was despite a strong run during 2019 when the sector returned 22% during the year to 31 December, 2019.
With the ASX 200 being down some 23% since the start of the year, many funds in this sector were down 20%-30% with the two worst funds being down 36%.
While all regions reported negative performance year to date, North American equity funds in the North American equities sector were least affected with losses of 8% year to date. The best performers in this sector were BetaShares US Equities Strong Bear ETF with returns of 53.9% followed by SSGA S&P 500 ETF Trust with returns of 6%.
Funds in the Asia Pacific equities sector...