Gerald Fitzgerald’s Market Review March 18th
18 March 2019
LAST WEEK IN 30 SECONDS...
Markets continued to trend higher last week, buoyed by further indications of positive momentum on trade talks. Global equities in euro terms were c2% higher and have now delivered +13.0% for the year-to-date.
Brexit negotiations continued last week with parliament yet to agree an ultimate decision on how to leave the EU albeit ruling out a no deal Brexit. Throughout the discussions Theresa May’s demeanour was that of a boxer on the 9th round wishing for the bell, yet knowing there’s still more punishment to come. Despite this uncertainty, sterling appreciated +1.2% versus the euro with the UK FTSE 100 up 1.8% over the week.
THIS WEEK IN 30 SECONDS...
The US Federal Reserve meet this week to vote on rate changes, with no changes anticipated. The strong recovery in equity markets coupled with favourable employment metrics will see an interesting positioning for the Fed, with close attention paid to any commentary on the potential for further rate hikes.
From a data release perspective, Eurozone consumer confidence figures are due for release on Thursday with Eurozone, US and Japanese PMI figures due for release on Friday.
EMERGING MARKET DEBT SUSTAINABILITY
Emerging market countries have increasingly leaned on external lines of credit over recent years. Whilst returns to lenders have been modest, the underlying impact suggests that on average those countries’ economies have not developed as a result. Between 2008 and 2017 the levels of external debt to Gross National Income (GNI) have elevated, with 11 countries having a level of external debt to GNI in excess of 100%.
By Gerald Fitzgerald, Investment Consultant
Gerald Fitzgerald joined Invesco’s Investment Consulting team in 2015 and has 10 years industry experience assisting clients with their investment & actuarial requirements. Gerald is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a graduate of both University College Cork and University College Dublin.