Investment Quarterly Update May 2017

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Global equity markets have had a good start to the year, extending last year’s strong performance, as investors shrugged off political uncertainty and focused on positive economic data. A lack of follow-through on protectionist trade policy from the Trump administration supported risk appetite in the emerging markets and fears of political instability in the Eurozone receded following positive election results, with Eurozone equities delivering robust gains as a result. Performance in bond markets was more mixed. Article 50 was triggered at the end of the period, signalling the formal start of the UK’s process to leave the EU, while in mid-March, the Federal Reserve moved to raise short-term interest rates in the US by 0.25% and signalled that two more rate hikes are on the horizon.

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