Whitepaper - April 2019

Qontigo InsightTM Quarterly Risk Review Q1 2019: Risk Retreats Around the Globe – Though US remains riskier than most benchmarks

Stocks rallied around the globe in the first quarter of 2019, with most indices nearly recouping the steep losses of the previous quarter. Stocks rose as major central banks kept interest rates unchanged, allaying investor concerns of a global economic slowdown. With most US economic indicators on the positive side, some US indices recorded the biggest quarterly gains since the global financial crisis, while others approached record highs.

The turnaround corresponded to a sharp decline in risk. China was the only exception, with its risk at quarter-end higher than where it started. Even the UK market saw its risk fall, despite Brexit-related tumult. That said, the US remained at the top of the risk list, an atypical position it occupied in Q4 2018.

Authors

Melissa Brown

Managing Director of Applied Research

Olivier d'Assier

Managing Director, Applied Research - APAC

Christoph Schon, CFA, CIPM

Executive Director, Applied Research

Diana R. Baechle, PhD

Director, Applied Research

Natan Borshansky

Manager, Applied Research