Inflation and interest rates – the economic headwinds that had the biggest impact on markets through the first half of the year – continued to sway sentiment in the third quarter. Unlike the year’s first two quarters, all four of the major North American equity indexes closed with negative returns. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted toward tech stocks (typically the most sensitive to interest-rate changes), fared the worst, declining 4%. Canada’s TSX, which fell 3.7% in September, ended 3% down for the quarter. Bond yields rose (and prices fell) as market expectations for interest rates to remain higher for longer solidified, and weighed heavily on fixed income investments.
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