International News (Issue 419) – 30 September 2016


International News (Issue 419) – 30 September 2016  

The first US presidential debate this week was a big deal for many reasons.

Firstly, it reminded me how truly scary the world would become if Donald took up office in the White House.

I mean, it’s been some time since I have actively yelled at a television when watching it.

But secondly, and more importantly, watching the public and media’s response to the debate demonstrated to me just how divisive each candidate is to certain parts of the US population.

The US, and perhaps the world in general, is a pretty divided place right now. Dis-satisfaction with the status quo is rife, and the prospects of further BREXIT-like behaviour can’t be ruled out.

The US election on November 8th is a huge hurdle to mount for markets.

The Italian referendum due in November is also a big deal for the European Union, and something we should also have an eye towards in our portfolio outlook.

Friday 1pm Values

Index Change %
All Ordinaries 5515 +16 +0.3%
S&P / ASX 200 5426 +5 +0.1%
Property Trust Index 1420 +9 +0.6%
Utilities Index 7322 +205 +2.9%
Financials Index 5928 -53 -0.9%
Materials Index 9034 +161 +1.8%
Energy Index 8355 +322 +4.0%

Thursday Closing Values

Index Change %
U.S. S&P 500 2151 -26 -1.2%
London’s FTSE 6919 +8 +0.1%
Japan’s Nikkei 16694 -114 -0.7%
Hang Seng 23739 -21 -0.1%
China’s Shanghai 2998 -44 -1.4%

Key Dates: Australian Companies

Mon 3rd October   Div Pay Date: Sigma Pharmaceutical (SIP)

Tue 4th October   Div Ex Date: Betashares High Interest ETF (AAA), Vanguard ETF’s (VACF, VAE, VAF, VAS, VGB, VGS, VHY, VAP); Div Pay Date: Fortescue (FMG), Mantra Group (MTR), Tatts Group (TTS)

Wed 5th October   Div Pay Date: Wesfarmers (WES), Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

Thu 6th October   Div Pay Date: South-32 (S32)

Fri 7th October   Div Pay-Date: Crown Resorts (CWN), CSL (CSL), NABPD, Woolworths (WOW), Seven West Media (SWM), Treasury Wines (TWE)


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