Viewpoint – September 2020

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The pattern of market performance since the March lows continued unabated in August: global equities strong, led by the US and within that tech stocks; high yield bonds, emerging market debt and convertible bonds outperforming safe haven government bonds; inflation protected bonds performing well; precious metals strong; and the dollar weak. The S&P 500, with a 7% rise, reached new all-time highs, dragging the MSCI World index to a new high, despite many of its other constituents remaining well below previous peaks. Within markets, tech stocks and other winners from the pandemic continued to forge ahead, the NASDAQ index rising 10% to new highs, while sectors most exposed to the damages wrought by Covid, including financials, real estate and leisure, continued to suffer.

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