Viewpoint – July 2022

After a torrid six months, with global equities suffering a 20% decline and most developed world sovereign bond markets producing negative returns each month in the first half of this year, there was finally relief in July. Led by Wall Street, with the S&P 500 up over 9% in the month, the MSCI World index returned 7.9%, while the JPMorgan Global Government Bond index returned 1.9%. Riskier parts of the bond market, which had sold off heavily in the first half of the year, recovered sharply, with US investment grade bonds +3.2%, high yield bonds +5.9%, and emerging market debt +4.0%.