Global Equity Commentary | 1Q 2024

Quarterly Letter

8 min read | It was a strong quarter for risk assets, with robust gains for equities, tightening high-yield credit spreads, rising oil prices, and a spike in cryptocurrencies.  The global economy, led by strength in the US, has demonstrated impressive resilience following sharp interest rate hikes, as economic data generally surprised to the upside.  Meanwhile, inflation has moderated but it remains well above levels experienced in recent decades.  The resulting "soft landing" narrative, expectations for interest rate cuts, and continued excitement surrounding AI have fueled a powerful rally.