Market Update – November 2018

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Concerns around slowing economic growth, Trump’s trade wars and the outcome of the November US midterm elections as well as increasing interest rates from the US Fed all weighed on the market. With their stretched valuations, the brunt of the fall was seen in Tech stocks as the NASDAQ lost nearly 9% over the month.

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Event risk roadmap

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A large part of the market weakness since early October has been the number of event risks that have been hovering in the political and economic landscape for some time that are now coming to a head. Some have been resolved in recent weeks, while others are yet to be resolved.

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Market Update – October 2018

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Trade tensions escalated in September as the U.S. put in place a 10% tariff on US$200bn of Chinese imports and Donald Trump flagged tariffs on another US$267bn, should China retaliate. China has added tariffs (5% and 10%) on US$60bn of goods imported from the US.

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