Insights – Harmony Portfolios Fact Sheet Dec 2019

2019 proved to be a fantastic year in the financial markets with almost all major investment types posting very strong gains. Markets continued to make good progress in December, in stark contrast to the same month of the previous year. Equity markets led the way while major bond markets were mostly flat or down over the month. Emerging market equities outperformed, much of which came from the 5.8% gain for the Asia ex Japan region, while the global developed markets index returned 3.0%.

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Viewpoint – Jan 2020

As the year began, so it ended, with yet another strong month for risk assets in December, capping one of the best years for markets since the financial crisis. Equities again led the charge, but leadership for once slipped from the US to emerging markets, which returned 7.5% in the month, well ahead of the US and MSCI World with 3.0% returns. This resulted in full year returns for the US of 30.7%, MSCI World 27.7% and MSCI Emerging Markets 18.4%. The ‘risk on’ environment led to safe haven government bonds weakening while high yield and emerging market bonds produced gains of 2.0-3.0%, with annual gains of 14.3% (US high yield) and 12.6% respectively.

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Global Matters Weekly – Opportunities to leapfrog in Emerging Markets

Having personally experienced how the mobile telephone has transformed communications and enabled business in Africa, I wonder if the combination of poor existing infrastructure and technological advancement could transform the retail sector in emerging markets. Just as Kenya-based Safaricom has led the world in mobile money transfers, I wonder if there is an opportunity for Africa to pioneer retail delivery via drone.

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