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2022: an unexpected first quarter

With rising inflation and Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine, it would be surprising if stock markets had carried on posting fresh gains in the first quarter of 2022, but while most registered modest falls, all markets ended in the black.

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Inflation creeping up

A global jump in inflation in 2021 is raising the prospect of a broader upward trend beyond a short-term pandemic reaction.

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Inflation dips below the Bank of England’s target

January 2019 saw the lowest level of inflation since January 2017, with the rate recorded at 1.8%. The data was slightly better than had been expected, with the CPI rate falling to below the Bank of England’s 2% target for the first time in two years.

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