Monthly markets review - November 2015

A look back at markets in November 2015 when global equities were lacklustre and attention remained focused on central banks.

4 December 2015

Market Views

Schroders

  • Global equity markets were lacklustre in November with MSCI World returning -0.5% (in US dollars). Focus remained on the prospect of a US rate rise and strengthening of the US dollar was a feature of the month.
  • US equities rose slightly as banks were supported by the likelihood of higher interest rates, and therefore higher net interest margins. Higher yielding sectors such as telecoms and utilities recorded losses.
  • Eurozone equities outperformed other regions, supported by expectations that the European Central Bank would announce further monetary policy easing in December.
  • Emerging markets lagged their developed counterparts as the stronger US dollar weighed on emerging market currencies. Renewed commodity price weakness had a negative impact on several markets.
  • In fixed income markets, the diverging outlook for monetary policy saw US sovereign yields rise while those in the eurozone declined.

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