Investment returns (before tax and fees) for the quarter ending 30 September 2021 are:

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A mixed quarter as the economies continued to recover around the globe (albeit unevenly). Shares generally performed better than fixed interest investments (in an environment where there was some pressure on interest rates). COVID-19 and vaccine rollout progress continued to make headlines.

Markets reacted or were concerned about many things during the quarter including the outlook for inflation, the rate of China’s growth, volatility in energy and commodity prices.

The ongoing nature of US debt ceiling negotiations added to the uncertainty. In addition, government central banks shifted to a generally less supportive stance.

When news broke that the Chinese property developer Evergrande might be in trouble, tremors rippled through the markets. In this (more uncertain than usual) environment, we remain cautiously invested. We are invested, but diversified, across both share and fixed interest investments.