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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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US REITs Led Gains For Major Asset Classes Last Week

Securitized real estate shares in the US led a partial rally in global markets last week. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) posted a fractionally higher return over the second-best performer: bonds in emerging markets. Overall, returns for the trading week ended Friday, June 14, were mixed for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Vanguard Real Estate (VNQ) closed at a new record high at last week’s close. Upside momentum has lifted the ETF in...

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Across-The-Board Gains For The Major Asset Classes Last Week

Global markets rebounded last week, posting gains in all corners of the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. The broad sweep of positive returns marks the first across-the-board price increases on a calendar-week basis in three months. Leading the way higher: US equities. Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI) surged 4.3% for the trading week through June 7. The gain marks the ETF’s first weekly advance in five weeks and its best weekly increase since...

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Alternatives To Correlation For Quantifying Diversification

Diversification is famously described as the only free lunch in investing and so it’s no surprise that modeling, analyzing and otherwise dissecting the concept is a core part of portfolio design and management. The correlation coefficient is often the go-to metric in this corner of finance. But like any one statistical measure, there are pros and cons with correlation and so relying on it exclusively can be misleading at times. Fortunately, there are alternatives. For some...

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Emerging Market Stocks Were Clobbered Last Week… Again

For a second week in a row, equities in emerging markets took a beating, posting the deepest setback for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded funds for the trading week through Friday, May 17. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) fell a hefty 3.9% last week, closing at its lowest price since January. The loss marks a second straight week with a steep decline for the ETF. A key factor in the recent weakness in emerging market stocks, according to analysts,...

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Investment-Grade Bonds Were The Only Gainers Last Week

Risk-off sentiment triggered by rising US-China trade tensions unleashed red ink in financial markets far and wide last week. The only exceptions: high-grade government and corporate bonds, based on a set of exchange-trade funds representing the major asset classes. Everything else slumped amid rising fears that the trade war between the US and China is escalating. The biggest loser: emerging market stocks. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) tumbled 4.8% during the trading week...

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