Relief over the temporary US-China trade proved short lived as anxieties about tightening monetary policies, slowing global growth and geopolitical uncertainty took hold in December.
November began with US mid-term election results coming in as expected
October has been a poor month for investors.
The tug of war between politics and fundamentals continued in September.
August saw confirmation that the current US bull market is now the longest on record, having run for 3,453 days since it began in March 2009
Equity markets steered through a blizzard of corporate earnings announcements this month and emerged broadly in good shape, despite a disproportionate amount of comment directed at the lower guidance from Facebook.