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Bull Market In US Bonds Still Running Hot In 2019

Fixed-income investing has been a winner in no small degree this year. Throwing money at almost any slice of US bonds has been a winning decision, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Notably, favoring bigger duration risks has delivered bigger returns. For the top-performing slice of US fixed income, this year’s results so far have, at times, rivaled the extraordinary run in US stocks. Indeed, the current year-to-date leader on our bond ETF list could be mistaken for an...

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US Bond Market’s Resilience Shines On

The long-running bull market in bonds continues to defy bearish forecasts, as shown by a set of exchange-traded funds. Positive year-to-date performance in all the major corners of fixed income continues to offer a stark counterpoint to analysts who expect trouble. Long-term corporate bonds continue to lead the field by a wide margin for 2019 results. Vanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond (VCLT) is up 20.9% for the year through yesterday’s close (Oct. 15). The gain far outpaces...

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Bonds In Emerging Markets Topped Asset Class Returns Last Week

After meandering for a month, emerging-market bonds came alive in October’s first week of trading. This slice of global fixed-income securities posted the strongest increase last week for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange traded funds. VanEck Vectors JP Morgan Emerging Market Local Currency Bond (EMLC) surged 1.9% for the trading week ended Friday, Oct. 4. The gain, which lifted the ETF at one point last week to its highest close since August, marks the...

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US REITs, Bonds Offered Respite From Last Week’s Equity Losses

Most corners of global markets fell last week—with two conspicuous exceptions: US-listed real estate investment trusts and bonds, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Otherwise, red ink prevailed. Vanguard Real Estate (VNQ) extended its bull run last week, rising to a record close before edging back on Friday, Sep. 27 and posting a solid 0.4% weekly advance. Year to date, VNQ is also in the lead — a rally that inspires a claim that securitized real estate has become “the...

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Commodities Topped Gains For Global Markets Last Week

Concerns over Saudi Arabia’s supply of crude oil drove commodities prices higher last week, delivering the strongest gain for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange traded funds. The iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (GSG), which is dominated by crude oil, surged 3.5% for the trading week ended Sep. 20. The increase lifted the fund to its highest weekly close since early July. The jump in oil prices was the primary source of GSG’s gain, thanks to a...

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Wobbly Economic Outlook Favored Bonds Last Week

Rising worries about the global economy triggered a strong wave of fixed-income buying last week, propelling US bonds to the top of the performance ledger for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND) surged 1.0% last week. The gain for the trading week ended Aug. 16 marked the ETF’s biggest weekly advance in a decade. Foreign investment-grade bond funds delivered solid advances last week as well. Real estate...

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US Stocks Rebounded Last Week, Topping Global Market Returns

Equities in the US regained their mojo last week, posting the strongest gain among the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI) jumped 1.7% for the trading week through July 26–the best weekly advance for the fund in more than a month. Adding the bullish aura, VTI’s latest rally lifted the fund to a record high at Friday’s close. Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, thinks the recent rally in US stocks is...

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Will Lowflation Extend The Rally In Everything For Bonds?

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testified in Congress yesterday that a rate cut may be near. That’s music to the ears of the bond market because it offers more fuel for extending the rally in fixed-income assets. Every major slice of the US bond market is posting year-to-date gains, based on a set of ETFs, and the prospect of a rate cut suggests that the strong appetite for fixed-income assets will endure for the foreseeable future. Leading the way for 2019’s rally:...

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US Bond Market’s Rally In Everything Rolls On For 2019

Investors can’t get enough of bond-market risk this year. Sure, the bull run in US stocks is a sight to behold, but the animal spirits in fixed income are no less impressive. Demand for bonds has lifted all the major slices of US fixed income so far in 2019, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Animating this year’s bond rally: expectations that the Federal Reserve has shelved its plans for more interest-rate hikes and is now pondering rate cuts to combat a slowing...

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All The Major Asset Classes Scored Gains Last Week

It was hard to lose money in the markets last week as all the major asset classes posted gains, based on a set of exchange traded funds. The rally in everything marks the second week in the past three that the bulls dominated and lifted all the main slices of the global markets. Emerging market stocks scored the biggest increase. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) surged 4.6% for the trading week ended June 21. The rally marks the biggest advance for VWO since November,...

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