Equity markets fared well throughout the month with the S&P 500 rising to new heights to lead the way. The positive performance can be largely attributed to improving trade sentiment globally while central banks continue to reiterate their accommodative stance.
Political uncertainty dominated the news cycle this month with major developments out of the US, the middle east, the UK, and China to name a few. Despite the noise present in equity markets, their advance continued.
While the trade war between the US and China continued to be in the spotlight during a volatile August, tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China, along with Brexit uncertainty, garnered negative sentiment. Despite these narratives that are contributing to the volatility we have seen, markets still managed to close slightly in the green by month’s end.
The bull market in equities continued its march forward in July and hit new record highs. Developments in global trade and monetary policy dominated market movements throughout the month.
Global equities markets sharply recovered from the losses incurred during May, resulting in one of the best Junes in equity market history. This change was fueled by positive outlooks towards global monetary policy and increased optimism surrounding global trade policies.
Global equities closed the month lower due to continued trade tensions and concerns of a global slowdown in growth. Although volatility has picked up, there hasn’t been any significant deterioration of fundamental conditions. Volatility in a market cycle is normal and expected; while we ideally don’t want too much volatility as markets advance, our minds can be eased knowing that markets have climbed over different walls of worry at different periods in time.
After a strong first quarter, markets continued their rally which has been driven by more accommodative central banks, expectations of a recovery in Chinese growth, and improving trade conditions.
My mom has passed down an interesting trait – the absolute love of a good deal. One of my favourite things about buying my mom a gift is being able to tell her how great the deal was – it’s almost better than the gift itself. Over the years she has given me some great advice on how to spend wisely. The first tip she’s given me sounds counter-intuitive but isn’t.