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After sharp declines in October, global equity markets struggled to regain ground in a month dominated by political uncertainties. The MSCI World Index returned 1.2% in November as investors followed the unfolding Brexit drama, US mid-term elections, Italy’s budget standoff with the EU, and the latest developments in US-China trade relations.
A volatile month ended with heavy losses for global equities. The MSCI World Index returned -6.8% as investors turned more pessimistic about the outlook for growth amid risks from monetary tightening and the US-China trade war.
Global equity markets recorded a modest rebound in September, though emerging markets continued to underperform amid US dollar strength and ongoing risks to global trade. The MSCI World Index returned 0.6% over the month, with European stocks lagging UK and US equities.
Many major equity markets posted losses in light August trading, though US equities outperformed on strong macroeconomic and earnings data.
Against the backdrop of the World Cup and record-breaking heatwaves, global equity markets made solid gains in July. The MSCI World Index returned 3.2% on the month, spurred by positive economic trends and impressive corporate earnings reports.
Global equities struggled to establish a clear direction amid more volatility in June, though most key markets ended the month with minor negative returns. US equities – still buoyed by a robust economy – bucked the trend and this helped the MSCI World Index deliver monthly returns of 0.3%. Chief among investor concerns were political […]
Global markets advanced in May, but results varied across regions and volatility remained elevated. The MSCI World Index closed the month with returns of 1.3%, supported by positive macroeconomic data, especially in the US. Political risks returned to the fore in Europe as Italy’s populist election winners struggled to form a coalition and Spain’s government […]
Global equity markets experienced more volatility during March, triggered this time by fears of a global trade war after the US announced new tariffs on metals and Chinese goods. US benchmark indices suffered their worst week in two years as investors fretted over retaliatory measures from Beijing that could escalate tensions between the two giants, […]