Monthly markets review - October 2016

Investment Communications Team

Investment Communications Team

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  • The MSCI World index declined (in US dollar terms) and was outpaced by emerging market equities.
  • US equities fell amid uncertainty ahead of the presidential elections, as well as expectations that a rate rise would be forthcoming in December.
  • Eurozone equities advanced, supported by encouraging macroeconomic data as well as solid quarterly earnings reports.
  • UK equities delivered positive returns as further sterling weakness supported globally diversified large cap stocks such as the resources sectors and the international banks.
  • Japanese equities were supported by a weaker yen, with financial sectors leading the gains.
  • Emerging markets delivered positive returns overall. Brazilian equities outperformed after a budget spending cap was approved earlier than expected.
  • October was a weaker month for global bond markets as inflation expectations rose in a number of markets. Government bond yields were sharply higher overall.

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