January market update – global markets rebounded

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 January 2019.

Centre Chris Godding
08 February 2019

After a challenging end to 2018, most global markets started 2019 with a much-needed rebound that helped global investors shake off their January blues. Key to the improved investor sentiment was a more dovish/patient outlook from the US Federal Reserve, signs of thawing in US-China trade tensions and generally better than expected corporate earnings. This was despite the IMF and World Bank lowering their global growth forecasts and more disappointing economic data in the month – particularly in China, Europe and Japan.

What happened in the markets?

  • In terms of asset class returns, higher energy prices were a key driver of positive commodity market returns in January after a weak end to 2018
  • Commodity prices were also supported by a weaker US dollar in the month, which was also a positive tailwind for the rebound in global equity markets particularly in Asia, Emerging Markets and the US
  • January was also a better month for fixed income returns, with emerging market debt and high yield bonds benefitting most from the risk-on environment in January

 

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.