Risk off sentiment in March saw equities print a negative month and also resulted in a negative quarter for both domestic and global equities.
Equity markets pulled back in February as investors began to worry about the prospect of the US Federal Reserve raising rates at a faster pace than had previously been anticipated.
Global economic conditions continued to strengthen and remained broadly synchronised in the new year, which led to most developed equity markets posting gains in January.
The global equity market continued to rise through December, with all major equity markets closing out 2017 with strong gains, supported by the widespread improvement in economic growth.
Global economic conditions continued to improve in November.
Global markets performed strongly in October as synchronised global economic growth continued.
Global equity markets rallied over the month of September, despite ongoing geopolitical tensions between North Korea and the US.
Geopolitical risks escalated throughout the month of August as North Korea continued to defy UN restrictions by firing a missile across Japan.
Global markets were broadly positive over the month of July, supported by a continuation of a synchronised growth in major economies and corporate earnings.
Geopolitical events continued to dominate headlines during June, with terror attacks across Europe, further North Korean missile tests and ongoing tensions in the Middle East.