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April marked a shift in investor sentiment as a series of higher readings from inflation metrics in the US saw investors re-evaluate their interest rate expectations. Higher inflation triggered stock markets to pull back from recent highs as the Federal Reserve’s willingness to cut interest rates decreased, writes Richard Temperley.

March was another strong month for equities with global stocks up 3.42% for the month in euro terms. This followed a positive February as investors continue to price in the likelihood of future interest rate cuts from global central banks, writes Richard Temperley.

In February, all three major US equity indices closed positively for the fourth consecutive month. The S&P 500 experienced its largest February gain in almost ten years, writes Richard Temperley.

Following the 2023 Q4 rally, performance across asset classes was mixed in January, writes Richard Temperley.

September saw equity markets retreat from their recent highs as bond yields rose and central banks maintained somewhat of a hawkish stance, writes Richard Temperley.

August saw risk assets retreat as sentiment declined off recent highs with markets trimming the previous gains equities had experienced throughout much of 2023, writes Richard Temperley.

May was dominated by discourse surrounding the US debt ceiling as Republicans and Democrats in the US struggled to reach an agreement, writes Richard Temperley.

April was characterised by the release of Quarter 1 earnings reports from the world’s largest companies, writes Richard Temperley.

March saw the first quarter of 2023 close out positively for equities despite turmoil in the banking sector, writes Richard Temperley.

February saw equities give back some of their gains from the year so far, with the US in particular faltering in the face of potentially higher interest rates, writes Richard Temperley.