Asset Allocation Outlook April
The war in Ukraine continues to rage but investors are looking to the future. The US S&P500 equity index is now higher than in the run-up to Russia’s invasion. Although the European STOXX index has not yet returned to its former level, it has rallied sharply. Equities from industrialised nations earned a plus of 2.5% in March. In local currency, US equities climbed by 3.6%, while Europe was still slightly negative at -0.4%. Yet this was still better than emerging markets, which lost 2.5%. This was primarily due to a downturn in the Chinese MSCI index of 6.1%, but a drop of 3.7% in Taiwan also stood out. Higher bond yields caused government bonds to note extremely negative returns: -2.8% in the US and -3.9% in the Eurozone.