US shares shine amid volatile markets

US equities were up 3.7 per cent over the first six months of 2018 or 1.7 per cent in US dollar terms, said Mr Kean Chan, manager, macro research at FSMOne.com. Some of the best performing stocks in the first half include Netflix and TripAdvisor, he
US equities were up 3.7 per cent over the first six months of 2018 or 1.7 per cent in US dollar terms, said Mr Kean Chan, manager, macro research at FSMOne.com. Some of the best performing stocks in the first half include Netflix and TripAdvisor, he added.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
MR HOU WEY FOOK, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT DBS BANK
MR HOU WEY FOOK, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT DBS BANK
MR PIERRE DEGAGNE, HEAD OF FUND SELECTION AT DBS BANK
MR PIERRE DEGAGNE, HEAD OF FUND SELECTION AT DBS BANK
MR KEAN CHAN, MANAGER, MACRO RESEARCH AT FSMONE.COM
MR KEAN CHAN, MANAGER, MACRO RESEARCH AT FSMONE.COM
MR ANTHONY RAZA, HEAD OF MULTI-ASSET STRATEGY, UOB ASSET MANAGEMENT
MR ANTHONY RAZA, HEAD OF MULTI-ASSET STRATEGY, UOB ASSET MANAGEMENT

It has been a volatile six months for equities and fixed-income funds but, as our half-year report card shows, there have been some standout performers.

It was never going to last: the share market boom we enjoyed in 2017, thanks to the upswing in global economic growth and robust corporate financials, hit the inevitable speed bumps this year as volatility returned with a vengeance.

The turbulent first six months of 2018 have left investors far more cautious and sent valuations lower in many global equity markets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 08, 2018, with the headline 'US shares shine amid volatile markets'. Print Edition | Subscribe