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Multi-Asset – CIO Monthly View – June 2020

06 July 2020

CIO Monthly View with Will Bartleet, CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

Markets continued to move higher in June although volatility returned as COVID-19 infection rates picked up sharply in some US states. Whilst new cases continue to decline in most of Europe, America is much more bifurcated: outbreaks are falling rapidly in the states that were worst affected in March and April, while states such as Texas, California, Florida and Arizona are seeing a rapid increase in new cases. 

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Multi-Asset – CIO Monthly View – May 2020

05 June 2020

CIO Monthly View with Will Bartleet, CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

Markets continued to recover in May as the impact of global shutdown became apparent in the economic data released over the month. In the US, the jobless rate tripled to 14.7% the highest level since the 1930s whilst retail sales slumped, falling 16% over the month. In the UK, the Bank of England forecast the weakest economic growth in more than three hundred years with the economy expected to shrink by 14% despite an expected rebound in the second half of the year. 

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 27th Apr 2020

27 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to office after recovering from COVID-19 and warned the nation that ending the lockdown now would risk a “second spike”. 

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 24th Apr 2020

24 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

In the US, the House of Representatives passed the $484 billion aid package. The US Food and Drug Administration warned patients about the risks of taking malaria medications, something that President Trump has suggested as a treatment for COVID-19; there has been no comment yet on his suggestions for tests into using a disinfectant “by injection inside”. 

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 23rd Apr 2020

23 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

A further 4.4 million Americans filed for employment benefits, taking the five-week number to 26.5 million. US biopharmaceutical company Gilead released results of Remdesivir, its potential antiviral drug for the treatment of COIVD-19 which showed that drug performed poorly in its first clinical trial. In a change of tone from the US President, Donald Trump said that he disagreed with the Georgia governor’s decision to begin to loosen curbs next week. 

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 22nd Apr 2020

22 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that “We’re operating under the environment that we are going to open up parts of the economy and we’re looking forward to -- by the time we get later in the summer -- having most of the economy, if not all of the economy, open,”.  

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 21st Apr 2020

21 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

The US government announced a new $470 billion program to support small businesses, including $310 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program which ran out of money last week.  

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 20th Apr 2020

20 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

US crude oil plunged below zero for the first time in history to minus 37.64 a barrel, reflecting the surplus of West Texas crude and the lack of availability (and hence higher cost) of storage.  

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 17th Apr 2020

17 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

China released its first quarter GDP which covered the worst of the economic impact of the lockdown in the country and showed that growth fell by 6.8% compared with the same quarter last year. This marked the largest contraction of economic growth since the China began releasing quarterly data in 1992. After the release of the data, the Chinese authorities committed to provide further stimulus to the economy. 

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Multi-Asset – CIO Market Update – 16th Apr 2020

16 April 2020

CIO Market Update with Will Bartleet
CIO and multi-asset portfolio manager at Pacific Asset Management

A further 5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total jobs lost over the last four weeks to 22 million. This means that all the jobs created in the US since 2009 have been lost in just a month. 

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