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BlackRock: Markets dampened by liquidity and currency concerns

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30 Sep 2014

Global Market Analysis

The theme this week is very much about liquidity and currencies, and the impact that those interrelated topics are having on asset-class returns. Last week, equities fell to their lowest level in several weeks, driven by the combination of a stronger dollar and concerns about rising interest rates. In the equity space, global stocks declined by about 2%, with emerging markets losing approximately 3%.

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Precious Metals Update

The continued strength of the US dollar weighed on the gold price during the week. Even the news of US airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria managed to only bump the price of gold up $15/oz – a gain that itself proved short lived. The market seems to be largely ignoring the Swiss referendum, due to take place on 30th November, which will vote on whether to increase the proportion of Swiss reserves held in gold to 20% and whether or not to allow any sales of gold from reserves. This would result in approximately 1,500 tonnes of gold purchases, however, it should be noted that this remains a low-probability event.

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