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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.

Centre Chris Godding
05 April 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


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