This year has seen the return of market volatility, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX, the 'Fear Index') having averaged 16 for the year so far.
Return of volatility
We had a glimpse of the potential market implications of a more eurosceptic Italian government in recent weeks.
Monetary policy killed the market-based economy
The increase of M&A activity in the UK year to date is dramatic with take-outs announced across the market by size in a variety of sectors.
Oil price stability also key
Up 19.9% this year
Decision on Thursday
Global equities have delivered ample volatility, but very little return for investors so far this year.
Helped by the Federal Reserve
Five 'radical' changes
10-year Treasury yield passes 3%
Overseas investors returning
Growth optimism remains at low levels
Central bank concerns
35 years on
Strong monthly performance
Not acting as a safe haven
Willem Verhagen, senior economist - multi-asset, at NN Investment Partners, discusses the causes and costs of protectionism, and the implications of a trade conflict between the US and China.
First monthly drop since March
Policy response from last crisis still 'necessary'
Inflation pressures realised