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Our monthly market update.

May 2022

May 2022 Latest

April saw both share prices and bond values fall. Global shares were impacted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Chinese lockdowns and continued supply chain disruptions. These events have further exacerbated the impact of the Covid pandemic.

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April 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a global shock and impacted investment markets. Equities have declined and rising yields have led to falling bond values. Commodity prices have soared, especially given Russia’s status as a key producer of commodities including oil, gas and wheat.

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March 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February has shocked the world. The humanitarian impact is significant, as are the economic and financial implications. In response to the invasion, markets fell as investors assessed the potential economic impact of the sanctions imposed on Russia, who remain a key global exporter of commodities.

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February 2022

The prospect of prolonged inflation, expectations of interest rate hikes and the tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine saw negative equity market returns. However, global bond yields rose, with markets projecting up to 5 rates hikes in the US starting in March.

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January 2022

Developed market equities continued to rally in Q4 2021, providing investors with a third consecutive calendar year of positive returns. Investor sentiment was aided by strong corporate earnings growth despite the concern about the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

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December 2021

Global equities fell in November, with fears over the new “Omicron” variant of Covid-19 weighing on investor sentiment. Bond markets rose with yields falling as investor appetite for riskier assets waned.

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November 2021

Global stock markets mostly gained in October after a weak start. Many registered new highs during the course of the month and were supported by encouraging corporate earnings and an easing of fears around China’s property sector.

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