August markets were a game of Squid Game not hide-and-seek August markets were a game of Squid Game not hide-and-seek August markets were a game of Squid Game not hide-and-seek

August markets were a game of Squid Game not hide-and-seek

Market Rewind
Søren Otto Simonsen

Senior Investment Editor

Summary:  August is synonymous with summer holidays, closed schools and time to have fun and play games. In the financial markets, however, there was little fun to be had last month. Like playing hide-and-seek in a completely empty room, there was no escaping negative performance. Rather, like in the infamous Squid Game, there was a target on everyone’s back and only very few left as winners.


As dark clouds of recession fears started forming over equity markets in August – especially in the US – global performance took a hit and fell more than 4 pct. This happens as leading indicators are closing in on territory that signals recession may be on the horizon, while inflation keeps running wild, interest rates take flight and the risk of an energy crisis increases by the day.              

Europe was the worst-performing region in August, driven by hefty inflation and interest rate increases. The big X-factor in the region is energy supply and demand, as we look towards colder days. The European summer has been historically hot. This has put heavy demand on energy for cooling purposes, which in turn has pushed up energy prices. While central banks and governments are struggling to figure out how to combat rampant inflation and steep electricity bills, the region’s financial markets will be volatile, which generates risk as well as opportunities for investors. 

As the two best-performing regions, Asia came out of the month falling a bit more than one pct., whereas Emerging Markets ended August status quo. 
Only the energy sector, driven by the price increases in Europe, was in green (or blue in our infographic) territory, increasing a bit more than one pct. But across the board, the global sour mood sent sectors down. Six sectors fell more than four pct., indicating how broadly the negativity spans.
The Dollar Index Spot was the best-performing index in this infographic for August. It climbed 2.6 pct, meaning that the US Dollar increased against the basket of currencies. While the main currency in the index is the Euro and the Dollar has strengthened significantly against it in 2022, the main increase in August was driven by the British Pound decreasing in value.
Check out the rest of this month’s performance figures here:
Sources: Bloomberg & Saxo Group
Global equities are measured using the MSCI World Index. Equity regions are measured using the S&P 500 (US) and the MSCI indices Europe, AC Asia Pacific and EM respectively. Equity sectors are measured using the MSCI World/[Sector] indices, e.g. MSCI World/Energy. Bonds are measured using the the USD hedged Bloomberg Aggregate Total Return indices for total, sovereign and corporate respectively. Global Commodities are measured using the Bloomberg Commodity Index. Oil is measured using the next consecutive month’s WTI Crude oil futures contract (Generic 1st 'CL' Future). Gold is measured using the Gold spot dollar price per Ounce. The US Dollar currency spot is measured using the Dollar Index Spot, measuring it against a weighted basket of the following currencies: EUR, JPY, GBP, CAD, SEK and CHF. Unless otherwise specified, figures are in local currencies.
Disclaimer

The Saxo Bank Group entities each provide execution-only service and access to Analysis permitting a person to view and/or use content available on or via the website is not intended to and does not change or expand on this. Such access and use are at all times subject to (i) The Terms of Use; (ii) Full Disclaimer; (iii) The Risk Warning; (iv) the Rules of Engagement and (v) Notices applying to Saxo News & Research and/or its content in addition (where relevant) to the terms governing the use of hyperlinks on the website of a member of the Saxo Bank Group by which access to Saxo News & Research is gained. Such content is therefore provided as no more than information. In particular no advice is intended to be provided or to be relied on as provided nor endorsed by any Saxo Bank Group entity; nor is it to be construed as solicitation or an incentive provided to subscribe for or sell or purchase any financial instrument. All trading or investments you make must be pursuant to your own unprompted and informed self-directed decision. As such no Saxo Bank Group entity will have or be liable for any losses that you may sustain as a result of any investment decision made in reliance on information which is available on Saxo News & Research or as a result of the use of the Saxo News & Research. Orders given and trades effected are deemed intended to be given or effected for the account of the customer with the Saxo Bank Group entity operating in the jurisdiction in which the customer resides and/or with whom the customer opened and maintains his/her trading account. Saxo News & Research does not contain (and should not be construed as containing) financial, investment, tax or trading advice or advice of any sort offered, recommended or endorsed by Saxo Bank Group and should not be construed as a record of our trading prices, or as an offer, incentive or solicitation for the subscription, sale or purchase in any financial instrument. To the extent that any content is construed as investment research, you must note and accept that the content was not intended to and has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such, would be considered as a marketing communication under relevant laws.

Please read our disclaimers:
- Notification on Non-Independent Investment Research (https://www.home.saxo/legal/niird/notification)
- Full disclaimer (https://www.home.saxo/en-hk/legal/disclaimer/saxo-disclaimer)

Saxo Capital Markets HK Limited
19th Floor
Shanghai Commercial Bank Tower
12 Queen’s Road Central
Hong Kong

Contact Saxo

Select region

Hong Kong S.A.R
Hong Kong S.A.R

Saxo Capital Markets HK is a company authorised and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Saxo Capital Markets HK Limited holds a Type 1 Regulated Activity (Dealing in securities); Type 2 Regulated Activity (Dealing in Futures Contract); Type 3 Regulated Activity (Leveraged foreign exchange trading); Type 4 Regulated Activity (Advising on securities) and Type 9 Regulated Activity (Asset Management) licenses (CE No. AVD061). Registered address: 19th Floor, Shanghai Commercial Bank Tower, 12 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

By clicking on certain links on this site, you are aware and agree to leave the website of Saxo Capital Markets, proceed on to the linked site managed by Saxo Group and where you will be subject to the terms of that linked site.

Apple, iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. AppStore is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Please note that the information on this site and any product and services we offer are not targeted at investors residing in the United States and Japan, and are not intended for distribution to, or use by any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. Please click here to view our full disclaimer.