Once again, the month of October delivered a torrid time for investors, leaving the goldilocks environment of 2017 dead and buried. In a sharp reversal of fortunes, which began at the end of September, very few asset classes produced a positive return in October. The classic safe-haven assets including government bonds, gold and the Japanese Yen produced positive returns, with the notable exception of US Treasuries posting a negative return of 0.5%. The equity market suffered the brunt of the selling, led by the Asian equity market falling over 10% in the month, while most other regions fell 7-9% in US Dollar terms. Despite a bounce in the final days of the month, the MSCI World Index declined 7.3%, a slightly smaller fall than the 8.7% decline in Emerging Markets.