November 03, 2023

Performance Insights - November 2023

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Markets swoon in October amid rising rate and war anxieties

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Stocks and bonds extended losses in October as investors continued to reposition portfolios for a lengthier stretch of high interest rates amid relatively resilient economic data (particularly in the US). The outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war also unnerved investors, boosting the US dollar and gold. Few stock sectors went unscathed, though defensives and tech stocks fared best.

Key highlights:

  • Global Asset Classes – Widespread malaise
  • Global Equities – US fares best, despite big small-cap selloff
  • Industry returns – Health care and industrials hit hardest
  • Alternative Indices – Environmental Opportunity recovery continues
  • Factor performance – Low Volatility provides ballast
  • Foreign Exchange – US dollar rally gathers steam

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