- In a week that was marked by subdued activity due to the Easter holiday period, global bond markets remained well supported;
- The "lower for longer" trend in global rates, which was reinforced after a number of central bank meetings the previous week, continued to dominate market sentiment; and
- In Europe, the tragic attacks in Brussels on Tuesday bolstered the demand for safe-haven assets, although the overall impact on the markets was rather short-lived.
If you're not sure what type of market conditions we're in, be it a bear or a bull, try Jim Paulsen's (remarkably well timed) phrase for it - a 'bunny market'.
A bunny market is one which hops around and doesn't have a defined direction. It's a nice fluffy term for the short term volatility which is causing investors so much heartache at the moment.
No-one likes uncertainty, but to get through this period you have to be patient and not easily distracted. Ensuring you have the right asset allocation is the best way to negotiate the hopping around, so if you're feeling nervous about markets, that's where to start.Market data
|Equity Indices||Value||Weekly Change|
|Shanghai Composite Index||2979.43||0.82%|
|US 10 yr||1.90%||-2.63%|
|UK 10 yr||1.45%||-6.90%|
|Brent Crude Oil||$40.44||2.99%|
|Currencies Majors||Value||Weekly Change|
|Bank of England||0.50%|
|Bank of Japan||-0.10%|
Prices as at Friday 25 March 2016.