A game of two halves? 2022’s rollercoaster for investors

Investment markets have had another volatile first six months in 2022, but calmer times may be on the horizon for investors.

The world’s share markets had a bad first half of 2022, but for once the UK performance was better than many.

Index2022 H1 Change
FTSE 100-2.9%
FTSE 250-20.5%
Dow Jones Industrial-15.3%
Standard & Poor’s 500-20.6%
Nikkei 225-8.3%
Euro Stoxx 50 (€)-19.6%
Shanghai Composite-6.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets (£)-9.4%
Source: UKinvesting.com

The first six months of the year was a disappointing one for many investors. The S&P 500, the leading US market indicator, had its worst first six months since 1970.

To be fair, it was a tumultuous first half:

The outlook for the second half of 2022 is for further increases in short term interest rates, but beyond that nothing is certain – some are already claiming to see a turn in inflation on the horizon. The one source of solace is that if you are investing money into the markets now, in most instances you will be getting much better value than six months ago.

The value of your investment and any income from it can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
Investing in shares should be regarded as a long-term investment and should fit in with your overall attitude to risk and financial circumstances.