Market Update – 23rd March 2020 – ASX Thumped As All Non-Essential Businesses Shutdown

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AUD Holds/ASX Thumped: 

Volatility in the price of financial assets continued last week and into Friday night’s session where U.S stocks lost between 3-5% while in Europe stocks made modest gains. Volatility is typically a hall mark of any bear market, however the kind of volatility we’ve seen over the past month is unlike anything we’ve seen the the last 50+ years. In fact as I write this, the ASX200 has just opened and gapped lower 9% as news of a total shutdown of all non-essential businesses filters through financial markets. Things are going to be wild this week and I encourage everyone to take a deep breath and remember, this too shall pass, the the price of financial assets will rebound. Overtime.

RBA Supports The AUD:

The RBA last week announced they would support the value of the AUD following a 10 cent fall since March 10th vs. the Greenback. Perhaps too little too late from the RBA, but it seems we might have a floor in place now of around 0.56/0.57 for AUD/USD. If that’s the case then it’s fantastic for importers who have copped it the hardest lately, but for exporters perhaps this signals it’s time to start looking at hedging some of your USD exposures.


AUD/USD – 0.5721

AUD/GBP – 0.4917

AUD/EUR – 0.5354

AUD/NZD – 1.0180

AUD/JPY – 63.411


All Ords (XAO) – 4,854

Gold – A$2,613/oz

Silver –  A$21.65/oz

WTI – US$21.57 barrel


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