It’s been an interesting time for global investment markets. Following a strong 2017 for many growth assets, 2018 has seen a return to more challenging conditions. Escalation of trade tariff tensions has dominated investor sentiment in recent months, with confirmation of the continued upward path for interest rates in the United States adding further fuel to the fire. European, U.K. and, most recently, Japanese Central Banks have also signalled a progressive return to more normal interest rate policy. Elsewhere, political uncertainty regarding the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the outlook for the European Union remains, while the ebb and flow of the United States’ relationship with North Korea (and more recently Iran) ensures that there is no shortage of uncertainty to be navigated by investors.