The value of ASX-listed stocks, as measured by the All Ordinaries Index, rose 3.9% in December 2016. This performance was lower than some major markets, including Germany up 7.9%, the UK up 5.3%, and Japan up 4.4% but stronger than the US up 1.8%. Declines were observed in Hong Kong down 3.5% and Singapore down 0.8%.
Volatility measures for the Australian equity market decreased during December:
• Volatility (as measured by the average daily movement in the All Ordinaries Index) was 0.6% in December, down on the previous month (0.7%).
• Expected future volatility (as measured by the S&P/ASX 200 VIX) fell in December to an average of 11.9 (compared to 15.2 in November).
LISTINGS AND CAPITAL RAISINGS
• In December 2016, total capital raised was $6.5 billion, down 25% on the previous corresponding period (pcp).
• In calendar year 2016, 133 new listed entities listed, compared to 126 in calendar year 2015. Total capital raised in calendar year 2016 totalled $60.9 billion, compared to $104.9 billion in calendar year 2015.