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Article | 24 July 2019 | Investments
The majority of this was driven by central bank comments. Specifically, we saw the US Federal Reserve (Fed) indicating that they were willing to look at cutting interest rates which could happen as soon as July.
The European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan both hinted at stimulus measures to boost inflation and the Chinese government similarly looked to lift a slowing economy through stimulus measures. In a sense, it’s akin to a global central bank stimulus because they’re all singing from the same song sheet.
This is a very different landscape to the one that we had at the beginning of 2019 or in 2018, when central banks were very much in tightening mode. Markets like loose monetary policy because there is more money in circulation with less likelihood of slowing growth or recession. There were key concerns over just such a possible slowdown last year and they had begun to resurface at the start of this year.
Read more about how Nathan Sweeney, Senior Investment Manager, positioned the Architas Multi-Asset Active Fund range last month in a handy two-page PDF.