March market update – investors will enter spring in better spirits

Chief Investment Officer Chris Godding and Senior Research Analyst Louie French give their commentary on what happened in the markets and global economies over the month of March 2019.

Investors will enter the spring season in better spirits, after March rounded off a much-needed positive quarter for market returns. 

What happened in the markets?

  • Global equity markets maintained their positive momentum in the month, as the MSCI World index delivered its strongest quarter of returns in over six years
  • However, it was not all smooth sailing for markets in March, with a dovish policy pivot from global Central banks, linked to global growth fears, resulting in an eventful month for global bond markets and a weaker outlook for interest rates
  • In currency markets the pound remained notably volatile, as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations and the UK’s economic and political future continues

Read our market commentary

We hope you have found this update helpful. Please do get in touch on 020 7189 2400 if you have any queries or would like more information.

 

Important information

The value of investments, and the income derived from them, can go down as well as up and you can get back less than you originally invested. This is not a personal recommendation or advice to invest. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Funds may carry different levels of risk depending on the industry sector(s) in which they invest. You should ensure that you understand the nature of any fund before you invest in it.

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