Markets in Review: Welcome to 2019

Bringing you up to speed on the 'new normal' for markets, with InvestSMART Chief Market Strategist Evan Lucas.

The first full week of trade for 2019 sees the US logging its first 5-day consecutive winning streak since September. The ASX too has logged its first 5-day winning streak since September.

However, the first week of 2019 was a time for reflecting on 2018, which could not have started and ended more differently. Global markets, including the ASX, revelled in the strongest start equity markets have seen in any year for at least 30 years. Except, perhaps, January 2018 was even more impressive, when you consider it came off the back of a stellar 2017 when global growth 'melted up' and monetary policy remained highly accommodative.

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