Quarterly market round-up
Flash Stats - Q1 2019
05 Apr 2019
In our regular market round-up, we take a look at what's happened in Q1 2019.
Equity markets rebounded strongly as global central banks, led by the US Fed, adopted looser monetary policy stances at the start of 2019. Global yields fell sharply amidst the dovish rhetoric and concerns over slowing global growth.
Some of the changes in Q1 2019 include:
- Brent crude has stabilised around $67 in recent weeks, compared to $53 at the end-2018, but its sharp decline in the fourth quarter of 2018 has weighed on inflation expectations.
- Sterling has been the best performing major developed market currency in 2019, as a vote to reject a “no deal” Brexit and extension of Article 50 were perceived to reduce the risk of a hard Brexit.
- North America was the best performing region, whilst Japanese equities lagged as the market’s high exposure to global trade continued to weigh on sentiment.
- The first two months of 2019 show, across sectors, rental growth has been flat year to date – rents marginally increased in February following two months of small declines.
Download our update of all key market trends and statistics over the quarter to find out more.