Report highlights

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Markets bounce back

The story of FY2018/19 was a tale of two halves, with global share markets down in the first half before rebounding strongly towards new highs. For SMSF investors, the focus of trading activity on the Australian sharemarket turned from buying to selling.

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Pre-election jitters saw SMSFs reduce stock exposure

SMSFs reduced their exposure to banking and mining stocks amid pre-election uncertainties over dividend imputation credits. Meanwhile, concerns persist over the potential impacts of a property market slowdown. 

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The hunt for yield continues

As central banks pivot towards rate cuts, diversified, income-generating assets are increasingly in favour, with SMSFs increasing exposure to ETFs and LICs.

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International trading declines as global tensions rise

Global share trading has declined as SMSFs retreat from China-based stocks amid ongoing US–China trade tensions.

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About the report

SMSFs are a significant investor segment, representing 30% of all superannuation investments in Australia.

Released every six months, this report is based on a detailed analysis of the trading behaviour of active CommSec clients between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2019. The sample comprised a diverse cross-section of active share traders — defined as those who had traded at least once during the 12 months before the study period — including both SMSF and non-SMSF investors.

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