The BFG Report

Welcome to the November 2023 Edition of the BFG Report 


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Investment Market Review – Quarter ended 30 September 2023


  • According to the OECD, the global economy proved more resilient than expected in the first half of 2023, but the growth outlook remains weak.
  • With monetary policy becoming increasingly visible and a weaker-than-expected recovery in China, global growth in 2024 is projected to be lower than in 2023.
  • While headline inflation has been declining, core inflation remains persistent, driven by the services sector and still relatively tight labour markets.
  • The world economy is expected to grow by 3.0% in 2023, before slowing down to 2.7% in 2024. A disproportionate share of global growth in 2023-24 is expected to continue to come from Asia, despite the weaker-than-expected recovery in China.


  • Share market performance was poor for the September quarter. The S&P 500 lost 3.7%, while the Australian ASX 200 lost around 2.2% on a price basis.
  • Global shares ex-Australia lost ground over the quarter, producing a return of -0.4% on an unhedged basis. The result was worse for hedged global shares, losing 2.8%.
  • In Australia, Value and Value-Weighted were the best performing styles for the quarter. Globally, all sectors were negative, with Value-Weighted and Value being the best performers i.e., least negative. Energy stocks were relatively resilient over the quarter, and one of the few bright spots in a quarter where few sectors avoided falls. Most of the so-called “Magnificent Seven” – Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Tesla, Nvidia and Meta – declined, weighing on the overall market.
  • Within Fixed income markets, Australian government bonds lost ground, while credit produced a solid return for the quarter. The main Australian fixed interest index, the Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+ Years Index was down 0.3%, while the Bloomberg AusBond Credit 0+ Years Index gained 1.3% for the quarter.
  • Global High Yield bonds, as measured by the Bloomberg Barclays Global High Yield Total Return Index Hedged into AUD gained a mediocre 0.2% for the quarter


Asset class performance to 30 September 2023 (total returns in AUD)

Asset Class 1-mth 3-mth 6-mth 1-yr 3-yr 5-yr 7-yr 10-yr 15-yr 20-yr
Australian equities (S&P/ASX 200) -2.8% -0.8% 0.2% 13.5% 11.0% 6.7% 8.0% 7.4% 7.4% 8.6%
International equities -4.0% -0.4% 7.2% 21.6% 11.9% 9.8% 12.1% 12.5% 9.6% 8.2%
Australian REITs -8.6% -2.9% 0.4% 12.5% 4.7% 2.5% 3.2% 7.3% 5.0% 5.3%
Australian bonds -1.5% -0.3% -3.2% 1.6% -3.9% 0.3% 0.7% 2.3% 3.8% 4.2%
Cash (AUD) 0.3% 1.1% 2.0% 3.6% 1.4% 1.3% 1.4% 1.7% 2.6% 3.5%

Sources: Bloomberg, IOOF calculations

* AUD total returns as at Sep-23 assuming reinvestment of dividends unless otherwise specified.

** Returns reflect index performance excluding any fees; Actual ETF/managed fund performance will vary due to both fees and tracking error.

*** Years 1 to 20 reflect the annual return over the period.

High yielding internet savings accounts

Financial Institution Interest Rate** Financial Institution Interest Rate**
Rabobank 5.75% Move Bank 5.50%
ME Bank 5.55% Teachers Mutual Bank 5.50%
ING Direct 5.50% BOQ 5.40%

** Rates may be inclusive of introductory rates and are subject to conditions and change. Rates are correct as at 29/11/2023.

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