The second quarter of 2022 proceeded much as the first, with central banks ramping up rate hikes to combat inflation, led by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) which undertook the biggest rate hike since 1994, an increase of 75bps.
This hawkish stance provided bond yields with reason to rise further and led to further derating of expensive growth stocks, pulling global stocks lower. Balanced funds, investing in only these two asset classes, have suffered their worst six months in more than 50 years.
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