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30 Dec 2016 (TheAge) – ASX in 2016: shocks, turnarounds, and those marvellous miners

(30 December 2016, The Age, online, Patrick Commins)

‘In a year characterised by a series of shocks and sharp reversals of fortunes, many shareholders will remember 2016 as the year Australia’s miners roared back to life after a painfully long period in the doldrums. It may also be the case that in 2016 a three-decade-plus bull market in bonds finally met its end. Investors dumped bonds at an accelerating pace in the final months of the year amid a general feeling that central banks’ extraordinary monetary policies, such as negative rates and massive bond buying programs, had become counterproductive.’



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