Investor Confidence High as Markets Rise

Investors are embracing everything that lies ahead; Brexit, European political change and the normalisation of interest rates all being taken in stride

Dan Kemp 9 January, 2018 | 11:58AM
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The fourth and final quarter of 2017 left risk-taking investors feeling overwhelmingly upbeat as they enter 2018. Healthy economic and company-driven data is widespread and continues across the majority of key markets. This resulted in a wall of green across regional equity markets for both the quarter and indeed the year.

Global yearly performance for equities in 2017 show a wall of green

Economic growth and confidence gauges also continue to strengthen, especially in the US, Europe and China, while corporate profitability continues to improve and unemployment edges lower. This is a typical recipe for a cyclical market upswing in equities, with participants pricing in the optimism and stretching valuations.

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Dan Kemp  is Chief Investment Officer, Morningstar Investment Management EMEA

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