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CAMRADATA’s Investment Research Reports for Q3 2018 reveal volatility in both equities and bonds

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CAMRADATA, a leading provider of data and analysis for institutional investors, has published its investment reports for Q3 2018, which chart the performance of investments and asset managers across six asset classes – Global Equity, Diversified Growth Funds, Multi Sector Fixed Income, Emerging Markets Equity, UK Equity and Emerging Markets Debt.

In each report over three years’ worth of data from CAMRADATA Live (its online manager research platform) at 30 September 2018 was analysed to produce the six reports to reveal the key investments trends for Q3.
 
According to the reports, Q3 had the feel of a gathering storm. Although key indicators such as the US stock market continued a consistent ascent, there were reports of a developing trade war between the US and China.
 
Growth in the US economy slowed from 4 per cent in Q2 to 3.5 per cent in the three months ending 30 September 2018, while the British economy achieved its highest growth rate since 2016 in the third quarter, thanks to a brief economic boom in July.
 
The dollar strengthened against emerging market currencies, putting pressure on borrowers in these markets. Analysts also warned that equity growth was unsustainable and that a correction was on the horizon.
 
Sean Thompson (pictured), Managing Director, CAMRADATA, says: “The storm broke in October, with a market rout that stripped value from equities and bonds alike. Although economic growth in most major markets remains strong, investors are opting for a more cautious positioning as they look ahead to 2019. Defensive stocks are being chosen in preference to growth stocks and many portfolio managers are increasing their holdings of cash.”
 

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