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1 BT Monthly Markets Chart Pack – October 2008 An overview of movements in global financial markets

2 2 Global share markets hammered in October...  Moves by US and other governments to prevent a collapse of their respective financial systems weren’t enough to appease investors already hurt by big losses in September.  In the US, stocks closed the month 16.9% lower, while bourses in the UK (-10.7%), Europe (-14.7%) and Japan (-23.8%) also finished well in the red.

3 3 Global shares measured by the MSCI World ex-Australia (net dividends) Index in A$. Source: BT Financial Group, MSCI Impact of major market events on global shares since 1986 …but continue to perform well over the long-term, despite some major market events Jan 91 Gulf War Feb 94 Bond Market Crash Aug 97 Asian Currency Crisis Jul 98 Russian Bond Crisis Jul 01 Tech Wreck Sep 01 Attack on Twin Towers Jun 07 US Sub-prime Crisis Oct 87 Wall Street crash Nov 89 Fall of the Berlin Wall Mar 03 Troops enter Iraq

4 4 The Australian share market fared a little better …  The S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index closed the month 12.6% lower.  The fall came largely on the back of a poor lead from the US and weaker commodity prices, which really hurt our big mining stocks.

5 5 Source: BT Financial Group, Premium Data S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index – year to 31 October 2008

6 6 Key Australian economic news – October  The Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 1.00% in October and again by 0.75% at its early November meeting in a bid to improve the flow of credit to consumers and businesses.  Australia’s international trade balance was in surplus by $1.364 billion in August. It followed a deficit of $697 million in July and came on the back of strong growth in exports and falling imports.  The Westpac/Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment index fell 10.2pts to 82.0 in October, with all five component indices falling in the month. Of these, ‘economic conditions in the next 12 months’ registered the worse decline while ‘employment expectations’ also slipped sharply.  Newspaper job ads gained 0.7% in the month of September, while Internet- based job ads registered a second consecutive monthly decline, down 1.5%. Source: BT Financial Group

7 7 The Australian dollar hit hard in October  The Australian dollar (A$) fell 15.8% against the US dollar (US$) in October thanks to weaker commodity prices and a resurgent US$. With commodity prices likely to remain under pressure in the near-term and the RBA expected to cut interest rates again this year, it’s likely that the A$ will fluctuate around current levels as we move into  At the end of October: A$1 boughtUS$ % € % ¥ % Source: BT Financial Group

8 8 Currency markets – A$ per US dollar Source: BT Financial Group. Figures at 31 October The Australian dollar versus the US dollar…

9 9 Currency markets – A$ per Euro the Euro… Source: BT Financial Group. Figures at 31 October 2008.

10 10 and the Yen Currency markets – A$ per Yen Source: BT Financial Group. Figures at 31 October 2008.

11 11 Official world interest rate movements – October  In Australia, the Reserve Bank cut the official cash rate a further 0.75% (to 5.25%) at its early November meeting. Elsewhere (in October), the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve all cut their benchmark interest rates, while the Bank of Japan left theirs’ on hold. Current rateLast moved Direction of last move Australia5.25%Nov 2008 US1.00%Oct 2008 Europe (ECB)3.75%Oct 2008 Japan0.50%Feb 2007 United Kingdom4.50%Oct 2008 Source: BT Financial Group

12 12 Source: BT Financial Group 31 October 2008 Global share market returns 1 year3 years (pa)5 years (pa) Global S&P 500 Index (US)-37.47%-7.07%-1.61% Nasdaq (US Tech.)-39.81%-6.72%-2.29% Nikkei 225 (Japan)-48.76%-14.26%-4.07% Hang Seng (Hong Kong)-55.45%-0.98%2.76% DAX (Germany)-37.80%0.40%6.44% CAC (France)-40.37%-7.71%0.67% FTSE 100 (UK)-34.88%-6.28%0.42% Australia S&P/ASX 200 Accum. Ind %0.73%8.69% S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries-53.27%-6.54%3.60% S&P/ASX 300 Listed Prop %-12.60%-0.68%

13 13 Short-term asset class performance Source: S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index, MSCI World ex-Australia (net dividends) Index in A$, S&P/ASX 300 Property Index, UBS Composite 0+ years index, Citigroup World Government Bond, Unhedged in A$ 1-year rolling returns to 31 October 2008 (%) Best performing asset class for the year Australian cash Australian bonds Australian property Australian shares International bonds International shares

14 14 Source: S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index, MSCI World ex-Australia (net dividends) Index in A$, S&P/ASX 300 Property Index, UBS Composite 0+ years index, Citigroup World Government Bond, Unhedged in A$ 1-year returns to 31 October 2008 (%) Short-term asset class performance (cont’d) 31 October October 2008 Australian bonds Listed property Australian shares Global bonds Global shares

15 15 Long-term asset class performance Note: Accumulated returns based on $1,000 invested in December 1984 Source: S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index, MSCI World ex-Australia (net dividends) Index in A$, S&P/ASX 300 Property Index, UBS Composite 0+ years index, Citigroup World Government Bond, Unhedged in A$ 31 October 2008 Australian bonds Listed property Australian shares Cash Global shares

16 16 Source: BT Financial Group. West Texas Intermediate oil price at 31 October Oil prices – US$ per barrel Oil prices fell again in October as demand evaporated in line with the slowing global economy

17 17 Summary  The underlying strength of the Australian economy, relative to its global counterparts, looks set to continue in the near-term. Admittedly, we are beginning to feel the knock-on effects of a slowdown that’s impacted countries like the US and the UK.  The RBA’s decision to lower the official cash rate in October and again in November highlights the Bank’s concern that the economy is heading into recession.  In line with this view, there’s a chance the RBA will cut rates again in December.  The Australian dollar has fallen 23.8% so far this year. With commodity prices likely to remain under pressure in the near-term and a possible rate cut in December, we think it will continue to trade around current levels as we move into  Gains in share markets are likely to remain under pressure in the near-term.

18 18 This presentation has been prepared by BT Financial Group Limited (ABN ) ‘BT’ and is for general information only. Every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, however it is not intended to be a complete description of the matters described. The presentation has been prepared without taking into account any personal objectives, financial situation or needs. It does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any securities advice or securities recommendation. Furthermore, it is not intended that it be relied on by recipients for the purpose of making investment decisions and is not a replacement of the requirement for individual research or professional tax advice. BT does not give any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of information which is contained in this presentation. Except insofar as liability under any statute cannot be excluded, BT and its directors, employees and consultants do not accept any liability for any error or omission in this presentation or for any resulting loss or damage suffered by the recipient or any other person. Unless otherwise noted, BT is the source of all charts; and all performance figures are calculated using exit to exit prices and assume reinvestment of income, take into account all fees and charges but exclude the entry fee. It is important to note that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. This document was accompanied by an oral presentation, and is not a complete record of the discussion held. No part of this presentation should be used elsewhere without prior consent from the author. For more information, please call BT Customer Relations on :00am to 6:30pm (Sydney time)


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