MARKET UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2023

MARKET UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2023

MARKETS TURN NEGATIVE ON FURTHER RATE RISE FEARS August turned into a poor month for both equities and bonds as surging US rate expectations and weaker growth in Europe and China challenged the Goldilocks scenario. Erratic price action was exacerbated by thin summer...
MARKET UPDATE – JUNE 2023

MARKET UPDATE – JUNE 2023

COMMODITIES, BONDS AND EQUITIES LOWER DESPITE TECH ADVANCES It was a month when this year’s acute focus on US Fed interest rate moves shifted to the possibility of a US government debt default as the debt ceiling threatened to be breached in early June. As expected,...
MARKET UPDATE – MARCH 2023

MARKET UPDATE – MARCH 2023

ROBUST US ECONOMY CAUSES RENEWED BOND SELL-OFF Stock markets took fright during February as US economic data came in much hotter than expected. The labour market showed continued strength while both inflation and retail sales were higher than expected. This raised the...
MARKET UPDATE – JANUARY 2023

MARKET UPDATE – JANUARY 2023

ANNUS HORRIBILIS FOR EQUITIES AND BONDS Stock markets ended 2022 notching up their worst year since 2008. In the US, the S&P 500 fell almost 20% and the Nasdaq ended a full one-third lower while in Europe most indices registered double-digit declines. The large...
MARKET UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2022

MARKET UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2022

UK POLITICS TAKES CENTRE STAGE Markets remained volatile during October and generally in bear market territory. Central banks are still vocally hawkish though a growing number of investors seem optimistic that the pace and extent of rate rises will be less dramatic...
MARKET UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2022

MARKET UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2022

AUGUST STOCK MARKET RECOVERY KNOCKED BY HAWKISH JACKSON HOLE MESSAGING Developed stock markets sank again at the end of August in the wake of the Jackson Hole central bank get together where it became clear that central bankers were still firmly focused on tackling...