Risk assets ended October on the back foot, weighed down by news of renewed nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns across Europe and pre-US election jitters. Equity benchmarks in the developed world fell, led by weakness in Europe and the UK, however, emerging market stocks ended the month higher. US Treasuries and corporate bonds also came under pressure, whilst the Dollar index and Gold were largely unchanged.
The failure of targeted regional measures to curb COVID-19 infection rates led governments across continental Europe and in the UK to reintroduce national lockdowns as October came to a close. Although the stringency of restrictions fell short of those applied earlier in the crisis, they confirmed fears of a difficult winter ahead and the risk of a double-dip recession. Reassuringly, governments in Europe have extended programmes to support household incomes and protect the labour market. In the US, COVID-19 cases also accelerated, but as yet, the stringency of restrictions has not meaningfully increased. However, we could see levels of mobility drop as the public grows more cautious.
Read the whole note here
Disclaimer: The value of investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not receive back their original investment amount. This communication is for information purposes only. It is not intended as a personal recommendation of particular financial instruments or strategies and it does not provide individually tailored investment advice. This document provides the views of the London & Capital Investment Team examining the fundamental background, economic outlook and possible effect on asset markets. This document is not an invitation to subscribe and is by way of information only. Nothing contained herein constitutes investment, legal, tax or other advice nor is it to be solely relied on in making an investment or other decision. If you are considering investing, you should consult your London & Capital adviser. The views expressed herein are those at the time of publication and are subject to change. Correct at time of going to press.
London and Capital Asset Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the financial conduct authority, 12 Endeavour square, London, E20 1JN. Firm reference number 143286. Registered in England and wales, company number 02112588. © London and Capital Asset Management Limited. All rights reserved. London and Capital Wealth Advisers Limited is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (firm reference number 120776) and by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of 100 F street, NE Washington, DC 20549, with sec firm reference number 801-63787. Registered in England and Wales, company number 02080604. © London and Capital Wealth Advisers Limited. All rights reserved.