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Our monthly market update and portfolio positioning commentary.

November 2018

November 2018 Latest

October finished as the worst month for global equities since 2012. All major markets closed lower over the month. Ongoing geopolitical risks diminished investor sentiment, whilst concern grew that corporate earnings had peaked for the cycle. 

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October 2018

The global economy continues to grow above trend, with the U.S. leading the major economies and outperforming expectations. Strong U.S. performance was driven by the healthy economic environment leading the S&P 500 Index to return 7.7% over the quarter. 

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September 2018

Overall, global equity markets produced a 0.8% return in August, driven by the U.S. However, when the U.S. is excluded, global equities declined 2.3%, dragged down by emerging market returns. 

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August 2018

Trade tensions continued to dominate news during July, with the US administration imposing tariffs on Chinese imports. However, all major global equity market indices rose, supported by strong company earnings growth and fears of a US / Eurozone trade war abating

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July 2018

Second Quarter Review Second quarter performance among major asset markets slightly improved over the disappointing first quarter results. However, overall the first half of 2018 proved to be a tougher environment for investors than 2017.

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June 2018

Markets were subject to volatility in May, largely due to heightened political risk including the US administration’s approach to global trade, North Korea and Iran.

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May 2018

April Review Most major markets provided positive returns after two months of negative performance, with the MSCI All-Country World Index rising by 1.0% over the month.

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