Viewpoint – June 2022

The sharp downturn in financial markets this year broadened and deepened in the second quarter, resulting in an exceptionally difficult six months for investors. While in Q1 there were some pockets of strength – commodities, gold, UK large-cap equities, and a small number of emerging equity markets and currencies, in the second quarter the only positive returns of note came from oil and Chinese equities. With the dollar surging throughout the period, the only safe haven to preserve capital in dollar terms was US dollar cash. Developed equities returned -16% in Q2, led by the US, and are now down by over 20% YTD.