Given the constant focus on what might cause equities to fall and whether now is the right time to invest, it is helpful to remember equities as an asset class have historically been more likely to deliver positive returns in any given 12-month period...
The most resilient companies examined
Sustainability, geopolitics and the 'Woodford liquidity crisis'
A bull market in US equities that has run for more than a decade, and generally low volatility over the years, may give investors the impression the ride will never end.
Global bond yields continue to crash through zero
Taking stock of the world's currencies
Global economic cycle is among the longest in history
Dovish shift in Fed policy as economic data deteriorates
Central bank's U-turn should be welcomed
Beginning of trade wars could trigger a strong headwind
Several caveats to Bank of England's hawkish stance
Central banks in tight position in case of downturn
US equities began 2019 with a welcome respite, reversing course from their downward spiral in December 2018.
Brexit and US-China tensions still to deal with
Mexican President setting tone for country's corporate sector
Financial markets became scared at the end of last year that the US Federal Reserve's monetary tightening could precipitate the country's economy into recession.
Investment Conundrums: Kames Capital CIO Stephen Jones on shifting portfolios to a 'resolutely neutral' view
Redressing balance amid slowing growth and fragile economy
US/China and Brexit behind selected calls
Value areas may catch up on market pivot
UK equities had a positive start to 2019. While this can be partly viewed as a rebound after 2018's difficult final quarter, what is likely to have been most significant is an extraordinary U-turn by the US Federal Reserve.
More thought and selectivity required from investors
Could 'easily prove fatal'
Started in October 2017