January is behind us and what a year it’s already been. Investors have been bounced around from WWIII fears between the US and Iran, the formal Impeachment of the US president and the prospect of a global virus pandemic. Against this backdrop, it is not surprising that our January 2020 asset returns overview has quite a lot of red across equity markets and solid black across the lower risk bond sectors (see table at the bottom).
Yet it was only the last week of the month that led to this end result. For most of the month the tallies had been positive for equities – maintaining the somewhat extraordinary run for global risk assets since last September. Then the Coronavirus scare gripped investors and provided the reason for the more speculative end of the markets to start taking profits.
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