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2018: Exuberance early in the year gives way to anxiety and risk aversion in Q4

After strong January gains that were buoyed by the synchronized global growth narrative, a perfect storm of concerns - ranging from US tariff threats, the China growth slowdown and tightening US financial conditions - whipsawed global risk appetite as the year progressed. 

Most major equity markets ended the year sharply lower as financial markets became unnerved in the final months of 2018, with equities, corporate bonds and commodities registering losses for the year.

Join Philip Lawlor, managing director of Global Market Research at FTSE Russell, as he reviews the impact of these contrasting market dynamics during 2018.


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