Imperium Capital Publication

Weekly Digest – 29 October 2017

  • US equities hit record highs
  • The European Central Bank announces QE taper plans
  • UK and US GDP growth beats expectations
  • US House of Representatives votes in favour of 2018 budget
  • German business sentiment hits record high
  • Brent crude oil prices rose 4.7% during the week

Viewpoint – October 2017

During September the global economy continued to be supportive for risk assets, with global equities performing strong. Government bonds retreated in light of the more risk-on environment, whilst the US Dollar strengthened towards the end of the period, a contrast to its large year-to-date falls.

During the quarter developed equity markets returned 2.2% with almost every major region partaking in the rise. Within developed markets, Japan posted the strongest returns in local currency terms advancing 4.3%, followed by Continental Europe with a 3.9% gain. Emerging markets posted returns of -0.4%, the first negative month since November 2016.