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First-quarter 2022 market performance results seem arguably clear: bears are currently happy with the world’s financial markets.
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track major indices tell this story with relative clarity. SPDR S&P 500 Exchange Traded Fund (NYSE Arca: SPY), the Fidelity Nasdaq Composite Index ETF (NASDAQ: ONEQ) and the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE Arca: DIA) all experienced drawbacks in April.
Germany’s Global X DAX ETF (NASDAQ: DAX), Japan’s iShares MSCI Index Fund (NYSE: EWJ) and Australia’s iShares MSCI Index Fund (NYSE: EWA) mirrored the U.S.’s ETF trend, experiencing similar price declines.
On a macro level, the Federal Reserve’s decision to impose multiple federal rate hikes and the war between Russia and Ukraine are often cited as some of the largest reasons that leave investors cautious for the remainder of the year.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) was not immune to market influences in April. The operator of regulated markets reported a total monthly dollar volume of $40.6 billion, compared to $57.4 billion in March. Despite this reduction, the OTCQX Best Market and OTCQB Venture Market maintained a strong international presence and witnessed rising trading volume in select securities.
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