Market Wrap - February 2022

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Market Wrap - February 2022


Investors continued to focus on rampant inflation and, in turn, potential changes in monetary policy settings.

By month end, five interest rate increases in the US had been priced in to markets; a more aggressive tightening in policy settings than had been anticipated previously.

These evolving expectations saw bond yields rise in all major regions – resulting in negative returns from fixed income markets – and spooked share markets. Major equity indices in the US, Europe and Australia all closed January substantially lower.

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