While the 2020 picture looks promising for US small-cap equities, according to market experts at FTSE Russell and Cboe, a number of risks still lurk on the horizon for investors.
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After a protracted period of calm, volatility returned to markets in 2022—and has proven it’s here to stay in 2023. Investors are now looking to position portfolios for a potentially bumpy road ahead, leading to renewed interest in defensive strategies.
Despite the plummet in issuance during the latter half of 2022, green bonds have defied expectations and made an impressive resurgence in the first quarter of this year, with quarterly issuance reaching all time high of over USD 150 billion[i]. While broader market challenges and uncertainty persist, we look at the growth dynamics for green bonds.
The global equity rally that began last October made further headway in April, with most indexes adding to their robust first-quarter gains. Beneath the surface, however, big shifts in market and sector leadership reveal far more investor angst than these upbeat results may suggest.
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