Highlights from March 2020 – Coronavirus now a pandemic; Equities record worst month since 2008; Government bond yields fall further; Major Shock, recession, or depression?

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) now a pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on the 11th of March. New cases and fatalities are growing exponentially. At the end of March there were about 857,000 cases globally (up from 85,000 at the end of February and 9,500 at the end of January).

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Highlights from February 2020 – Coronavirus moves the market; Oil down 27% so far in 2020; Equities Collapse; U.S. Treasury yields hit all-time lows; Japanese Q4 GDP falls big

Coronavirus – Worse than SARS and MERS

The new Coronavirus (officially named COVID-19 now) infected 85,000 people at the end of February (up from 9,500 at the end of January). It is far more widespread now, not just in China but across other Asian countries. Far worse than SARS and MERS already – will this turn out to be a global pandemic?

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Highlights from January 2020 – U.S. equities flat but emerging markets fall big; Bonds deliver big returns; Brexit finally happened; Economic Growth slowing; Coronavirus

Not a stellar start for Equities in 2020

2019 was a stellar year for the equity markets, the new year started off well but there was volatility by the end of the month.

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Highlights from November 2019 – Stock Markets rally; S&P 500 up 25% so far this year but S&P 500 earnings flat in third quarter this year vs last year; Germany avoids technical recession

Stock Markets Rally
Equities markets continued their rally in November, the S&P 500 gained 3.4%, the Dow 3.7% and Nasdaq Composite 4.5% during the month. Elsewhere, the Japan TOPIX gained 1.9% during the month and the UK FTSE was up 2.2% during November.

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Highlights from October 2019 – Stock Markets hit all time high; China growth slowest in three decades; GBP rallies; Eurozone economy fragile

What happened in October: The S&P 500 hit an all-time high as trade tensions eased. The Fed cut interest rates again. Meanwhile, China GDP growth was slowest in three decades. The British Pound soared in October and signs are that the Eurozone economy is faltering more than expected.

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Highlights from June 2019 – U.S. Equities rise, Global bond yields drop, Interest rate cut ahead?

U.S. Equities Soar

June 2019 saw U.S. equity market records being broken shattered.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 7% in June, its biggest June gain in 9 decades or its best June since 1938.

The S&P 500 jumped 6.9%, its best June performance in 7 decades or its best June since 1955. The S&P 500 is up 17% in 2019 so far, the best start to a year since 1997.

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