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Mercer's Market Environment Report provides a detailed review of the impact of current economic conditions and trends on the value of a wide range of assets.

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Quarterly Market Environment Report
Quarterly Market Environment Report
Calendar28 January 2019

Mercer's market environment report provides a detailed review of the capital market environment and trends on a wide range of assets classes.


The January 2019 edition covers the following discussions:


  • Cash finished 2018 on top
  • Equity markets have bounced in January

Macro Environment

  • Global growth to slow in 2019
  • UK and the Eurozone remain a source of risk
  • Trade frictions key to the outlook for Asia and EM
  • US growth should remain above trend in 2019
  • The bond market is pricing a slowdown in growth
  • The potential end of the tightening cycle dampens the dollar’s appeal

Financial Markets

  • Sell-off in global equities improved valuations
  • US stocks fall as global growth fears intensify
  • Slowing growth in Europe weighed on sentiment
  • Emerging market equities held up well in Q4
  • Treasury yields fell and credit spreads widened on growth fears
  • Remain cautious on high yield bonds
  • Emerging market debt performed well in Q4
  • Hedge funds: Cautionary defense in Q4
  • LDI: Gearing for a move toward strategic hedge ratio


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