Ian Slattery

Ian Slattery
Author: Ian Slattery

Head of Investment Solutions at Zurich

President of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management

Ian Slattery joined Zurich in 2013. Ian’s current role is as Head of Investment Solutions where his main responsibilities include producing investment commentary and insights, meeting with customers, and speaking at Zurich and industry events. He is the current President and an Associate of the Irish Institute for Pensions Management, a CFA® Charterholder, a CAIA® Charterholder, and holds a Masters in Economic Policy Studies from Trinity College, Dublin.



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04/03/2024 | Zurich Ireland

US Stocks end higher following positive inflation news

In the US, equities closed the week on a mostly positive note after favourable inflation updates. The Nasdaq joined the S&P 500 index in record territory for the first time in over two years, writes Ian Slattery. 
19/02/2024 | Zurich Ireland

Market volatility amidst inflation data

On Tuesday, the latest US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data was released, coming in hotter than expected, writes Ian Slattery. 
12/02/2024 | Zurich Ireland

Markets grind higher in quiet trading week

It was a relatively quiet week in the markets, with activity across the main asset classes remaining muted, writes Ian Slattery. 
06/02/2024 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks finely poised as Fed continues balancing act

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady for the fourth consecutive meeting, writes Ian Slattery. 
22/01/2024 | Zurich Ireland

US consumer sentiment at highest since 2021

US stocks showed a narrow gain last week as performance was mixed due to changing sentiment amongst investors, writes Ian Slattery. 
15/01/2024 | Zurich Ireland

President Lagarde: The hardest part is behind us

Last week saw US stocks return to positive territory after a slow start to the year. Although a relatively quiet week for economic data, Thursday saw the release of the US consumer price index (CPI), which came in slightly hotter than expected, writes Ian Slattery. 
08/01/2024 | Zurich Ireland

Markets have lacklustre start to the year

Markets ended the first week of 2024 in negative territory as stocks gave back some of the gains from December, writes Ian Slattery. 
02/01/2024 | Zurich Ireland

Markets optimistic into the new year

As 2023 drew in to a close, most major indices were in positive territory following a holiday shortened week, writes Ian Slattery. 
06/11/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks rally on cooler data

Last week saw US equities rally as interest rate expectations eased and the labour market appeared to cool, writes Ian Slattery. 
31/10/2023 | Zurich Ireland

ECB leaves key interest rate unchanged

Last week saw US stocks finish lower for the second week in a row as bond yields moved higher and investor sentiment declined, writes Ian Slattery. 
23/10/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Markets falter amidst rate concerns and geopolitical risk

Last week saw markets decline as a combination of forces affected investor sentiment. As the situation in the Middle East deteriorates, millions of lives have been put at risk. Globally, concern has risen as a result, writes Ian Slattery. 
02/10/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities slip on subsiding ‘soft landing’ expectations

Equities slipped once again last week as the ‘soft landing’ narrative was challenged in the face of some weak economic data, writes Ian Slattery. 
25/09/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Markets lower as US rates to be higher for longer

The Federal Reserve kept the key interest rate in the 5.25%-5.50% following their two-day meeting last week, writes Ian Slattery. Whilst the move (or lack thereof) was in line with market expectations the post meeting press conference was seen as relatively hawkish by market participants.  
18/09/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Markets take latest ECB hike in their stride

The ECB raised rates by 0.25% on Thursday afternoon, which brought the headline deposit rate to a new historic high of 4.0%, writes Ian Slattery. 
11/09/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks slide on interest rate fears

Equity markets ended the week down as slowing investors revaluated the potential interest rate environment, writes Ian Slattery. 
04/09/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities positive on cooler jobs data

Last week saw US equities show positive returns after a shaky August, showing their biggest weekly gain in over five weeks, writes Ian Slattery. 
28/08/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Chairman Powell stays the course at Jackson Hole

Friday closed out a mixed week for equities as investors digested comments from this year’s Jackson Hole Symposium, writes Ian Slattery. 
21/08/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities lag on resilient demand

Last week saw US equities post their worst performance in several months as investors revaluated the prospects for higher interest rates for longer, due to resilient economic data, writes Ian Slattery. 
14/08/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Varied economic data sees equities pause

US equities showed mixed performance last week as in the month of August markets have broken their upward track seen throughout much of 2023, writes Ian Slattery.

31/07/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Markets positive as US economic outlook improves

Last week saw several major central banks deliver interest rate decisions. In the US, the Federal Reserve increased rates by 0.25% to a range of 5.25%- 5.50%, writes Ian Slattery.

24/07/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities see gains as sentiment improves

US Stocks continued to march higher last week, returning 1.3% in Euro terms as investors priced in the likelihood of a ‘soft landing’ for the US economy, writes Ian Slattery.

17/07/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Cooler US inflation sees equities rally

Last week saw US equities finish positively as data suggested a cooling of inflation. On Wednesday, the release of consumer price index (CPI) data, saw markets enter a ‘risk-on’ session in the US, writes Ian Slattery. 
10/07/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities slow on interest rate fears

Last week saw US equities down -1.6% in euro terms as strong data in the US jobs market led many to anticipate further action from the Federal Reserve, writes Ian Slattery. 
03/07/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Tech stocks outperform in first half of 2023

US stocks ended the midpoint of 2023 on a positive note as improved macroeconomic data saw US stocks rally, writes Ian Slattery. 
26/06/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks edge lower on rate expectations

Last week saw US equities have their poorest performance since the March banking turmoil, as investor sentiment lowered on recession fears, writes Ian Slattery. 
12/06/2023 | Zurich Ireland

US stocks enter bull market

Last week saw US stocks officially enter bull market territory as a weighted index of the top 500 US companies reached 20% above October lows, with sentiment broadly higher as a result, writes Ian Slattery. 
06/06/2023 | Zurich Ireland

US stocks rise on strong economic data

Last week saw US stocks reach their highest level in 2023 as economic indicators surprised to the upside, writes Ian Slattery. 
29/05/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks post gains as Washington moves closer to debt ceiling agreement

US equities finished the week on a positive note as news of a potential deal between Republicans and Democrats regarding the US debt ceiling filtered through to markets, writes Ian Slattery. 
15/05/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Lower US inflation print softens policy expectations

Last week saw choppy trading in the US as investor sentiment was uncertain over the economic outlook, writes Ian Slattery.

08/05/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Central Bank’s raise rates in whipsaw week for equities

Last week saw somewhat of a puzzling week for investors with interest rates raised by 25 basis points, writes Ian Slattery. 
02/05/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Big tech leads Q1 earnings

The busiest week of Q1 earnings season saw technology companies post better than expected reports for the first quarter of 2023, writes Ian Slattery. 
24/04/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Investors restrained after mixed corporate earnings

Last week saw US equities down slightly, returning -1.0% in euro terms on the back of mixed corporate earnings reports, writes Ian Slattery. 
24/04/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities climb despite banking sector turmoil

In this investment podcast recorded on 12 April 2023, we cover recent market movements and Zurich Investments current positioning and outlook. This month we also talk about earnings season, which we hear a lot about in the financial media, we’ll discuss what it is and what it means for you as an investor. 

17/04/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Earnings season opens on positive note

The Q1 earnings season began with some positive surprises for investors last week as US financial companies appeared to beat expectations despite taking a hammering last month, writes Ian Slattery. 
11/04/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Labour market shows signs of cooling

Last week saw US stocks end down slightly in a holiday shortened week. Treasury yields dipped lower after weak economic data was released throughout the period, writes Ian Slattery. 
28/03/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks hold up amidst bank sector uncertainty

Last week saw the Federal Reserve move forward with a quarter-point (0.25%) interest rate rise, despite speculation that recent instability in the banking sector would cause the Fed to pull back on its current policy trajectory, writes Ian Slattery.

22/03/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Positive investor sentiment pulls back

In this investment podcast recorded on March 14th 2023, we speak about recent market movements and Zurich Investments current positioning and outlook. This month we also speak about inflation, what it is and what it means for investors.

20/03/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Banking sector failings take the spotlight

US equities had an uneasy week amid speculation about global banking stability. Despite this, the US Index produced gains for investors returning 1.9% in euro terms, writes Ian Slattery. 
13/03/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Equities lower after volatile week of trading

Last week saw a choppy period for US equities as the tech-orientated and California-based Silicon Valley Bank went into receivership, writes Ian Slattery.

06/03/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Stocks end the week up despite tight jobs market

A three-week losing streak came to an end for US stocks last week as US equities returned euro investors 1.7% despite economic indicators suggesting a persistently tight labour market, writes Ian Slattery. 
20/02/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Inflation lowers but remains persistent

Last week saw the release of US inflation figures for the month of January, writes Ian Slattery. 
13/02/2023 | Zurich Ireland

US stocks pare gains as earnings forecasts slow

Last week saw a more cautious approach to US equities as concern over Federal Reserve policy and discouraging corporate earnings caused equities in the US to retreat from their recent gains, writes Ian Slattery. 
07/02/2023 | Zurich Ireland

Markets move higher amid rate rises

US equities posted further gains last week, finishing the week up 2.1% in euro terms, writes Ian Slattery.