Global stocks declined for a third consecutive quarter, pressured by high inflation, rising interest rates and recession fears in many countries. Following a robust summer rally, stocks resumed a sharp selloff in mid-August as inflation soared and central banks around the world reconfirmed their commitment to tighten monetary policy.
All sectors of the MSCI All Country World Index lost ground, led by a steep drop among communication services stocks. The rate-sensitive real estate and utilities sectors also fell sharply. Energy and consumer discretionary stocks posted relatively better returns, though both sectors slipped during the quarter. A strong U.S. dollar put added pressure on international and emerging markets equities.