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December 2006 Newsletter

Welcome to Lewis Financial's December 2006 Newsletter.

This month's newsletter contains a review of the market as at 30 November 2006, with performance summaries and commentaries from the Hillross Economics & Research Team for each of the major asset classes.

As 2006 winds to a close it is fitting that we turn our attention to an article, by Dr Shane Oliver, which reviews how investors have fared this year and provides an outlook for investment returns in 2007.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe Holiday Season and our very best for the New Year. We are all looking forward to working with you in 2007 and thank you for your continued support.

Australian shares as at 30 November 2006

The Australian sharemarket reached yet another new high in November, with an advance of 2.4%.

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International shares as at 30 November 2006

Most overseas sharemarkets also provided positive returns over November.

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Listed property as at 30 November 2006

The slightly lower bond yields in place in November made listed property returns more attractive on a relative basis and this contributed to a bidding up of listed property trust prices over the month.

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Australian fixed interest & cash as at 30 November 2006

In response to concerns over the inflationary potential of strong demand and capacity constraints in parts of the economy, the Australian Reserve Bank decided to raise overnight cash interest rates by 0.25% to 6.25% last month.

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International bonds as at 30 November 2006

Confidence that global inflation was under control continued to improve over November.

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Review of 2006 and outlook for 2007

This article reviews how 2006 has gone for investors and takes a look at the key themes and likely investment returns for 2007.

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