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The LongView: 2021 First Quarter Review & Outlook

The first quarter of 2021 was marked by a sea change in financial markets around the world. Equities continued to power higher on the back of a recovering global economy, and the MSCI All-Country World Index gained +4.57%. Conversely, improving growth expectations contributed to a significant increase in interest rates, pushing the broad bond market down by over 3%.

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2019 First Quarter Review and Outlook

Financial markets rallied sharply in the first quarter of 2019, despite signs of slowing global growth. Investors responded positively to signals from the US Federal Reserve Bank that the incremental rate hikes of the past several years may be coming to an end, and that going forward monetary policy is likely to be more neutral, and therefore supportive of markets and the economy.

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