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Heatmap shows up volatility (and hard workers)

Heatmap shows up volatility (and hard workers)

All in all, a pretty good month for financial markets, with equities making further gains. It was the best first three quarters of a year for the S&P 500 in over 20 years. One has to go back to 1997 when the dotcom bubble was in its infancy to see a better first nine months. Markets became a little more optimistic about the outlook for global economic growth. It seems that central banks will do whatever it takes to boost growth. The European Central Bank (ECB), Japanese Central Bank and the Federal Reserve reduced interest rates. (The UK remains one of a handful of countries where the last interest rate move was a hike.)

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