Market Review – Q1 2010

World equities enjoyed a very strong end to the first quarter with the MSCI World Index gaining 7.2% in March (in Euro terms). The index finished March 2010 at its highest points since June 2008. The market has now rallied by almost 70% since its low point over a year ago. Early in the month markets progressed strongly albeit with …

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Market Review – December 2009

Markets ended 2009 in a very positive vein gaining 6.6% (in Euro terms) in December. The MSCI World index returned 29% for the year as markets rebounded strongly from March onwards. December’s strong gains were driven by confirmation from key central banks that they will continue to hold very low interest rates and economic recovery supports in place into 2010. …

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Market Review – November 2009

November was a positive month for equity markets overall as the MSCI World Index rose by 2.3%. However, this figure masks the volatility during the month. An initial rally, which saw the index rise by over 5% in the first weeks of November, was eroded later on in November by further bad debt fears, this time in Dubai. In the …

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Market Review – October 2009

Global markets posted their first negative monthly return since February. The MSCI World Index fell by 2.7% overall. The month was volatile with initial gains eroded by a sharp sell off in the latter days of October. However, since the market lows in early March the MSCI World Index has gained over 40% in Euro terms, a performance that has …

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Market Review – September 2009

Global equity markets posted their seventh successive positive monthly return in September as the global economic recovery maintained it’s momentum. The MSCI World Index rose by 2.1% in Euro terms, with emerging markets posting the strongest return, and all major regions being in positive territory. The recovery from March 09 low levels has been as a result of convincing signals …

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Market Review – August 2009

Global equity markets continued in their positive vein in August but with varying overall returns for regional markets. The MSCI World Index rose by 2.9% in euro terms, driven by signs that the recessions in major developed countries are at, or drawing near to, their end. Emerging markets underperformed the developed economies and endured a rough month in Euro return …

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Market Review – July 2009

So much for sell in May & go away…… July was a very strong month for global equity markets, with the MSCI World Index up over 7% in Euro terms. Year to date, the Index is now up 13.6%. Investor sentiment remained positive despite the slight pull back in stock prices in late Qtr 2. Emerging markets performed best, gaining …

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Market Review – June 2009

As the stockmarket saying goes – ‘Sell in May and go away…..’ After the rallies of March, April & May, June was a quieter month for global equities with the MSCI World Index up 0.5%. Equities struggled in the middle of the month in a quiet environment, with emerging markets giving back some of the very strong gains experienced since March. The MSCI Emerging Markets …

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Market Review – May 2009

Equity markets progressed again in May with the MSCI World Index up 2.2% for the month. Investors are renewing focus on macro economic data and the outlook for economies post the recent company earnings reporting season. There seems to be increasing consensus that the global economy is not heading towards a 1930’s style global economic depression. Markets are responding positively …

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Market Review – April 2009

April saw a continued rally in equity markets from their lows in early March 2009. The MSCI World Index rose by 11.5% as investor sentiment turned positive. There have been some early signs that economies are approaching the bottom of the economic cycle, especially in the US, where there are signs that the housing market may be close to a bottom. …

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