Monthly markets review - August 2015

A review of markets in August 2015, when worries over a Chinese economic slowdown sparked significant volatility.


Market Views


Global equities experienced sharp declines in August as worries over slowing Chinese growth sparked significant volatility across markets.

  • In the US, the S&P 500 fell by 6.0% with the decline led by some of the year’s hitherto best performers. The sell-off came despite continued strong macroeconomic data, most notably for the US consumer.
  • Eurozone and UK equities also delivered negative returns. Amid the global growth worries, declining energy and metals prices weighed on the resources sectors.
  • Emerging markets also registered steep negative returns, underperforming their developed market counterparts amid the volatility in China and ongoing economic weakness in Brazil.
  • In fixed income markets gilt, Treasury and Bund yields rose over the month. Riskier fixed income assets, such as high yield bonds, underperformed.


  • Currencies
  • Equities
  • Fixed Income
  • Multi-Asset
  • Global
  • Market Reviews Schroders
  • Federal Reserve
  • Inflation
  • Global Economy
  • Commodities
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Interest Rates
  • Volatility
  • Monetary Policy
  • China
  • GDP