Markets bounce back: The story of FY2018/19 was a tale of two halves, with global share markets down in the first half before rebounding strongly towards new highs. For SMSF investors, the focus of trading activity on the Australian share market turned from buying to selling.
Pre-election jitters saw SMSFs reduce stock exposure: SMSFs reduced their exposure to banking and mining stocks amid pre-election uncertainties over dividend imputation credits. Meanwhile, concerns persist over the potential impacts of a property market slowdown.
The hunt for yield continues: As central banks pivot towards rate cuts, diversified, income-generating assets are increasingly in favour, with SMSFs increasing exposure to ETFs and LICs.
International trading declines as global tensions rise: Global share trading has declined as SMSFs retreat from China-based stocks amid ongoing US–China trade tensions.