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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
Calendar26 October 2018

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

The October 2018 edition covers the following discussions:

10 Years after the financial crisis

  • US stocks remained dominant in Q3
  • The 4th quarter has gotten off to a rotten start

Macro Environment

  • Global growth has peaked, but remains above trend      
  • Good and bad news on trade     
  • EM fundamentals generally sound
  • US growth remains strong       
  • Monetary policy could turn restrictive in 2019 
  • The dollar climbed modestly in Q3

Financial Markets

  • Downside risk increasing       
  • Treasuries post losses amid rising rates       
  • Strong earnings drive US stocks higher 
  • Int’l equities continued to lag the US 
  • Emerging equities hurt by trade fears   
  • High yield bond spreads remain tight
  • Emerging market debt tumbled on currency weakness      
  • Hedge funds: Positive, modest results  
  • LDI: Gearing for a move toward strategic hedge ratio   
  • Factor and manager universe performance
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