- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index finished the month of May -2.6%, with all sectors of the market lower except Materials.
- The US Federal Reserve has raised rates by 0.5%, the most aggressive interest rate increase in over 20 years, in response to the high inflation rate.
- Annual inflation rose to 8.1% in the Euro zone, largely driven by energy prices.
- The RBA raised the cash rate to 0.35% in May, the first increase in 10 years, amid rising inflation.
Continuing lockdowns in China, notably in Shanghai, have had an ongoing impact on global supply chains, especially in the electronics sector. The war in Ukraine continues to put pressure on global food supplies.
The US Federal Reserve has raised rates by 0.5%, also flagging that more 50 bps increases are likely to be implemented in the coming months.
In the UK, GDP decreased by 0.1% in March, with the last 3 months coming in at +0.8%..
CPI came in at 0.4% in April, with the annual rate increasing to 2.1%, above the expected 1.9% increase.
The Bank of Japan said the country’s economy is projected to grow more slowly, amid headwinds from a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and a rise in commodity prices due to the situation in Ukraine.
GDP grew by 0.8% in 1Q22, above the 0.7% expected, with year over year GDP falling from 4.2% to 3.3%.
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