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Emerging Market Stocks Rise For Six Straight Weeks

Emerging-market stocks topped the performance ledger last week, based on a set of ETF proxies for the major asset classes. The gain (in unhedged US dollar terms) marks the sixth straight weekly advance for this slice of the world’s equity markets. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) posted a 1.2% total return for the five trading days through Aug. 5. The solid advance was well ahead of the number-two performer, US junk bonds via SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond (JNK), which climbed...

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Stocks Soared As Bonds Suffered Last Week

Emerging-market equities led stock markets around the world higher for the trading week through July 15, based on a set of ETF proxies for the major asset classes. By contrast, most fixed-income categories tumbled last week. The big winner: Vanguard FTSE Emerging Market (VWO). Last week’s strong 3.3% total return pushed the ETF to its highest close in nearly a year. Meanwhile, government bonds in foreign developed markets fell hard last week in US dollar terms. SPDR Barclays...

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Last Week’s Top Performer Among Major Asset Classes: US REITs

US real estate investment trusts claimed the lead last week for total returns among a set of proxy ETFs for the major asset classes. The Vanguard REIT (VNQ) increased 1.1% for the five trading days through June 17, marking the ETF’s fourth straight weekly gain. Last week’s biggest loser: foreign high-yield bonds in US dollar terms. iShares International High Yield Bond (HYXU) eased 1.9%, its second consecutive weekly drop. Meanwhile, an ETF-based version of the Global Markets Index...

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Foreign Bonds Continued To Trend Higher Last Week

The safe-haven trade remained in force during last week’s trading activity for the major asset classes, based on a set of proxy ETFs. Bonds were the clear winner for the five trading days through Feb. 12, with the SPDR Barclays International Treasury ETF (BWX) leading fixed-income higher for the second week in a row with a solid 1.4% total return. The modestly weaker US dollar has been a factor in boosting performance of foreign bonds in unhedged terms. Note that the US Dollar Index has...

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