Equities had an outstanding start to the year, thanks to the favourable combination of surprisingly low inflation rates, a more accommodative Federal Reserve (Fed), and a robust economic climate.
Markets Equity and fixed income markets around the world recorded positive returns. In particular, Asian equities performed well in January, as the economy started to reopen. The FTSE 100 and 250 in the UK rose significantly, posting returns of 4.35% and 5.44%, respectively, while UK gilts also saw a positive return of 2.56%. The US and Europe had a strong month, with returns of 3.82% and 6.77%, respectively. Natural resources also continued their upward trend, generating an additional 5.06% return for January.
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