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Last week saw somewhat of a variable week for equities as several indicators proved to shift investor sentiment. US stocks lost -0.6% last week in euro terms, writes Ian Slattery. 
US equities ended a stellar week of gains last Friday, up 2.0% in euro terms. Much of the optimism resulted from a lower-than-expected inflation figure for December, writes Ian Slattery. 
The recent market rally in US equities stalled last week on the back of strong economic indicators which did little to dampen inflation expectations, writes Ian Slattery. 

Equities enjoyed a positive November, marking back-to-back monthly gains for the first time in 2022. Markets were buoyed by a growing consensus that inflation has peaked in the US, and this will subsequently lead to a more dovish approach from the Federal Reserve, writes Ian Slattery.

Global equities suffered one of their worst months in years in September, as aggressive monetary tightening weighed on investors’ minds, writes Ian Slattery.

As we look forward to 2023, we maintain a preference for equities over other asset classes. The prevailing market consensus is that inflation has now peaked, and that rates will therefore peak by the middle of 2023.

As we enter 2022, we continue to prefer equities to other asset classes, such as eurozone government bonds and cash. This preference is predicated on the enduring relative valuation thesis, robust corporate earnings expectations, and the positive global growth trajectory.

As we wave goodbye to 2020 it is an opportune time to take stock of investment markets in a year that has been truly remarkable in every sense. 
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