Personal Wealth Summer 2017
Investment Markets/Protecting What Matters Most
Recent Events Global equities continue to trade near record highs while volatility in most markets is very low. As an example, the US S&P 500 has not had more than a 3% pullback since the start of 2017. This is despite two major hurricanes and uncertainty around the passage of the Trump tax cuts. The US Federal Reserve finally announced that it is starting the process of shrinking its $US4.5 trillion balance sheet. The European Central Bank announced a reduced pace of QE from April next year. Bond purchases will be cut to 60 billion euros a month from 80 billion euros currently. Another major development was the German election which did not produce a clear winner but markets have surprisingly so far taken it in their stride.