Market Commentaries are a collection of monthly comments and analysis of the bond and equity markets and includes a summary or overview of economic data being released, global market news, commodities, and market performance by index returns.

Market Commentary January 2024

Market Commentary January 2024

| 7 February 2024

After a very strong last quarter, January was marked by a pause in market performance, as both equities and bonds softened significantly. Geopolitical worries, whilst not being at the forefront of investors’ minds, are still present and the situat...

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Market Commentary Quarter 4 2023

Market Commentary Quarter 4 2023

| 26 January 2024

The last quarter of 2023 was strong for markets, with both equities and bonds rallying. Although geopolitical tensions flared up in early October, markets managed to digest those worries over the quarter.Lower than expected inflation rates, combin...

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Market Commentary December 2023

Market Commentary December 2023

| 10 January 2024

December was another good month for markets following a strong November, which itself was an improvement on previous months. Both equities and bonds rallied strongly, and it appears that previous geopolitical worries are no longer a concern for ma...

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Market Commentary November 2023

Market Commentary November 2023

| 7 December 2023

November was a clear break from previous months. Equities delivered strong returns while bonds delivered positive returns for the first time in six months.  Geopolitical worries have abated and while there is still a possibility that the situ...

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Market Commentary October 2023

Market Commentary October 2023

| 8 November 2023

It’s been another difficult month for investors with equity markets and fixed income assets both delivering negative returns. Although international news has been dominated by events in the Middle East, markets appear to remain unconcerned about t...

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Market Commentary Quarter 3 2023

Market Commentary Quarter 3 2023

Guy Myles | 30 October 2023

By the end of the third quarter of 2023, the financial markets had demonstrated mixed performances across the globe. Equity markets remained relatively stable in GBP (sterling) terms, primarily influenced by a weaker UK currency.However, the abrup...

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Market Commentary September 2023

Market Commentary September 2023

| 9 October 2023

It’s been a challenging quarter for investors with equity markets declining further in September, and Fixed Income assets delivering negative returns.The abrupt surge in bond yields and higher oil prices exerted downward pressure on equities. Howe...

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Market Commentary August 2023

Market Commentary August 2023

| 5 September 2023

Following a favourable July, August proved to be a more challenging environment as equity markets performed negatively. Emerging markets remained under pressure due to worsening Chinese economic sentiment. Although there were no major central...

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Market Commentary July 2023

Market Commentary July 2023

| 21 August 2023

After the success of June, July followed in a similar vein with all equity regions returning positive results, although weaker than last month. Unlike previous periods, emerging markets had a successful month and outperformed developed markets; ma...

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Market Commentary Quarter 2 2023

Market Commentary Quarter 2 2023

Guy Myles | 28 July 2023

The second quarter of 2023 mirrored the first quarter of the year in terms of turbulence. April returned positive results across the globe, which were somewhat reversed in May. A generally positive June helped to deliver growth for the quarter in ...

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Market Commentary June 2023

Market Commentary June 2023

| 24 July 2023

Following mixed results in May, June was a global success for equities with indices returning positive results. After May demonstrated the divergence of growth and value, June returned similarly with positive growth for both. The Federal Reserve t...

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Market Commentary May 2023

Market Commentary May 2023

| 15 June 2023

The global market returned mixed results in May, with developed markets struggling in the face of stubborn inflation. There was a large disparity between growth and value, with growth stocks returning positive results following momentum in the tec...

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Market Commentary April 2023

Market Commentary April 2023

| 18 May 2023

April was a positive month for global economies as economic data demonstrated resilience against high interest rates and strong inflation. Some major developed countries are starting to see the impact of the interest rate hikes, with inflation beg...

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Market Commentary Quarter 1 2023

Market Commentary Quarter 1 2023

Guy Myles | 28 April 2023

The first quarter of 2023 was a turbulent time for markets, but over the quarter all regional indexes successfully achieved positive returns.In terms of performance in Q1 2023:• January was a surprisingly strong month for equities, and we saw stro...

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Market Commentary February 2023

Market Commentary February 2023

| 20 March 2023

After January demonstrated strong results, February was a tough month across the globe for both equities and fixed interest assets. Whilst we had expected a pause in interest rate rises, there have been hikes from the Federal Reserve (Fed), Europe...

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Market Commentary Quarter 4 2022

Market Commentary Quarter 4 2022

Guy Myles | 7 March 2023

The final quarter of 2022 was a mixed period for equities. The US struggled whilst non-US equities started to recover from a difficult year. In terms of fixed income, assets continued the trend of 2022 by not providing the level of protection we w...

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Market Commentary January 2023

Market Commentary January 2023

| 20 February 2023

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 w...

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Market Commentary October 2022

Market Commentary October 2022

| 11 November 2022

The September UK mini budget triggered a rise in Gilt yields, not seen since the 1970s and depreciation of the pound to a level not seen since 1985. The move was so extreme, we have never seen such a yield increase for Gilts, over a five-day...

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Market Commentary November 2021

Market Commentary November 2021

Guy Myles | 30 November 2021

Risk appetite turned sharply lower in November, with fears over the new “Omicron” variant of Covid-19 weighing on investor sentiment.The market reaction was shelter in government bonds and US dollar, while equities and high yield credit sold off. ...

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Market Commentary October 2021

Market Commentary October 2021

Guy Myles | 31 October 2021

Global equity markets delivered strong gains in October, supported by another month of encouraging corporate earnings. In the US, more than 80% of companies beat consensus earnings expectations and all 11 sectors in the S&P 500 reported year-on-ye...

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Market Commentary September 2021

Market Commentary September 2021

Guy Myles | 30 September 2021

Global equities generally fell during the month, with U.S. equities in particular performing poorly as the S&P 500 fell -2.7%.Equities faced headwinds from rising inflation readings and expectations of faster tapering by central banks, as well as ...

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Market Commentary August 2021

Market Commentary August 2021

Guy Myles | 31 August 2021

Global equities rose during the month as risk sentiment remained robust, with U.S. equities performing well (S&P 500 +1.7% in sterling terms).Despite inflation surging at its fastest pace in nearly 13 years and rising concerns around the Delta var...

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Market Commentary July 2021

Market Commentary July 2021

Guy Myles | 30 June 2021

Global equities rose during the month as risk sentiment remained robust, with U.S. equities performing well (S&P 500 +1.7% in sterling terms).Despite inflation surging at its fastest pace in nearly 13 years and rising concerns around the Delta var...

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Market Commentary June 2021

Market Commentary June 2021

Guy Myles | 30 June 2021

As we move into the second half of 2021, the narrative driving markets has been one of successful vaccine programmes allowing the re-opening of economies, which in turn will drive economic growth and inflation higher.The beneficiaries have been, a...

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Market Commentary May 2021

Market Commentary May 2021

Guy Myles | 31 May 2021

Global equities rose during the month in local currency terms as risk sentiment remained robust. However in Sterling terms, most overseas equity markets lost money due to the strength of the pound.The vaccination programs continued to gain steam a...

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Market Commentary April 2021

Market Commentary April 2021

Guy Myles | 30 April 2021

Global equities continued to rise in April, returning 4.3%, and the developed world looks well on the path to post-Covid 19 recovery.Vaccine rollouts in the US and UK have continued to proceed well, with 44% and 51% of their respective populations...

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Market Commentary March 2021

Market Commentary March 2021

Guy Myles | 31 March 2021

Global equities rose over the month as markets continued to react positively to expectations of higher growth and inflation.In the US, strong jobs and consumer sentiment data painted an improved picture for an economy that will be further bolstere...

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Market Commentary February 2021

Market Commentary February 2021

Guy Myles | 28 February 2021

The rapid vaccination rollout continued to be a positive catalyst for markets in February.Global equity markets rose 2.7%, while UK equities ended the month up 1.8%. However, the strong pound held back returns of overseas assets and in sterling te...

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Market Commentary January 2021

Market Commentary January 2021

Guy Myles | 31 January 2021

January saw divergent performance for equities, with developed market stocks ending the month lower while emerging market shares posted positive returns.Initially, markets continued the rally from Q4 2020, buoyed by global vaccine roll outs and th...

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Model Portfolio Review 2020

Model Portfolio Review 2020

Guy Myles | 31 December 2020

2020 has been a year marked by a viral pandemic, the UK’s departure from the European Union, a tightly contested election in the United States and the worst global recession since WWII. Lockdowns have transformed the way we work and do business; r...

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Market Commentary November 2020

Market Commentary November 2020

Guy Myles | 30 November 2020

News of three vaccines all showing good efficacy against the COVID virus sparked an impressive market rally in November.The announcements came on three successive Mondays from first Pfizer/BioNTech, then Moderna and finally AstraZeneca/Oxford and ...

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Market Commentary October 2020

Market Commentary October 2020

Guy Myles | 31 October 2020

Equity markets moved lower in October as a resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe and the uncertainty surrounding the US elections spooked investors. The FTSE All Share fell 3.8% in the month, while the S&P 500 was down 2.8% and MSCI Europe ex UK off 5....

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Market Commentary September 2020

Market Commentary September 2020

Guy Myles | 30 September 2020

After a summer of buoyant equity and fixed income markets, the investment tone was more subdued in September, with both the FTSE and S&P 500 recording losses in the month.Drivers of investor sentiment in the month included rising COVID-19 cases, l...

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Market Commentary August 2020

Market Commentary August 2020

Guy Myles | 30 August 2020

August proved to be another exceptionally strong month for risk assets. Equities registered almost daily gains in the month and brought global stock indices back to their all-time highs. As has been the case since the March lows, a combination of ...

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Market Commentary July 2020

Market Commentary July 2020

Guy Myles | 30 July 2020

Financial markets endured another choppy month with steep declines recorded by sections of the UK equity market, while emerging market stocks made decent gains. As has been the case for the majority of 2020, COVID-19 dominated newsflow; the pace o...

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Market Commentary June 2020

Market Commentary June 2020

Guy Myles | 30 June 2020

As we close out the second quarter of a turbulent 2020, the resilience of the financial markets has surprised many investors in the second quarter and June proved to be another month which rewarded risk taking.Equities rose across the emerging and...

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Market Commentary May 2020

Market Commentary May 2020

Guy Myles | 31 May 2020

May was another good month for risk assets as the COVID-19 infection rate fell across most of the developed world.Economic activity over the past month suggests that the second quarter will be worse than the first but investors are looking ahead t...

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Market Commentary April 2020

Market Commentary April 2020

Guy Myles | 30 April 2020

After the severe falls across risk assets in March, markets rebounded strongly in April. COVID-19 continued to spread across the world, and revenues generated by businesses across large swathes of the economy plummeted to zero as governments enfor...

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Market Commentary March 2020

Market Commentary March 2020

Guy Myles | 19 March 2020

Before we attempt to summarise our thoughts for March, we would like to send our hopes that you and your families are safe in this difficult time. As the COVID-19 death toll rises around the world, it puts our work at Flying Colours in perspective...

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Market Commentary February 2020

Market Commentary February 2020

Guy Myles | 11 February 2020

After a buoyant start to the year, January saw the outbreak of the coronavirus, originatingin Wuhan, China and a pronounced turn in investor sentiment in the second half of the month.As we are still in the early stages of the outbreak, it is hard ...

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Market Commentary January 2020

Market Commentary January 2020

Guy Myles | 7 January 2020

There were strong returns from all equity markets in December, marking an exceptional year for risk assets. There was a sharp rotation away from US equities and into emerging markets, with the MSCI EM index rising 7.5% and EM debt also rallying.Wi...

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