A Difficult Quarter for Share Markets

It was not just the poor weather that made it a bad summer for investors.

IndexThird Quarter Change
FTSE 100– 7.04%
FTSE All-Share-6.57%
Dow Jones Industrial-7.58%
Standard & Poor’s 500-6.94%
Nikkei 225-14.07%
Euro Stoxx 50 (€)-9.45%
Hang Seng-20.59%
MSCI Emerging Markets (£)-15.42%

It was the worst quarter for investors since 2011, but as ever, the raw numbers do not tell the whole story:

The falls mean that some value is appearing – the FTSE 100 yields 4% – but volatility is unlikely to disappear in the short term.

The value of your investment 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.