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Market update: Review of 2014, outlook for 2015

Shane Oliver,  AMP Chief Economist, reviews the year that’s been and provides an outlook for markets in 2015.  They key takeouts were;

  •  2014 has been a reasonable but somewhat messy year for investors as the global economy remained in a cyclical “sweet spot” despite various threats, but Australian shares underperformed.
  • 2015 is likely to see okay but uneven global growth, low inflation and easy monetary conditions. While the US is likely to start gradually raising rates, other countries including Australia are likely to ease monetary policy.
  • Against this backdrop the bull market in shares and most growth assets is likely to continue. However, with shares dependent on rising earnings, volatility is likely to be a bit higher and returns okay but constrained.

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