Staying out of the rough
by Michael Clough
This year has obviously been far from normal and the Covid pandemic meant the US Open, normally held in June, was pushed back to a late summer week in September. The US Open is regularly dubbed the ‘toughest test in golf’. One of the reasons is long, thick grass (known as rough) which sits unsettlingly closely to the finely manicured fairways, punishing any marginally errant shot. Within equities, growth exposure has been the equivalent of finding the fairway this year, whilst sole exposure to value has been akin to hacking through the deep rough.
- Global Covid-19 infections exceed 30 million with the global death toll approaching 1 million.
- A mixed week saw global equities ending the week flat
- Brent crude rose 8.3% to $43.2 a barrel
- Gold rose 0.5% to 1950.9 per ounce