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US REITs Led A Global Rally Last Week

Nearly every slice of the major asset classes posted a gain last week, based on a set of exchange traded funds, led by real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the US. Vanguard Real Estate (VNQ) jumped 2.7% for the trading week through June 4. The gain marks the third weekly advance for the fund, which closed just slightly below a record high. Most market buckets rose last week too, with one exception: foreign junk bonds. VanEck Vectors International High Yield Bond (IHY)...

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Real Estate Rebounds In Mixed Week For Major Asset Classes

Foreign and US property shares rallied last week, posting the strongest gains for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange traded funds through Friday, May 21.The top performer: Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate (VNQI), which rose 1.0%. The fund is near its pandemic high but has yet to fully recover from the coronavirus crash in March 2020, as shown in the weekly chart below. A close second-place gainer last week: US real estate investment trusts (REITs). Vanguard US...

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All The Major Asset Classes Posted Gains Last Week

It was hard to lose money last week as global markets rose across the board for trading through April 16, based on a set of exchange traded funds. Led by foreign and US real estate shares, all the major asset classes advanced over the previous week’s closing prices. Property shares ex-US led the party via Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate (VNQI), which rose a hefty 2.6% – the fund’s best weekly increase since November. At the close of trading on Friday, the ETF was on the...

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Foreign Property Shares Led Markets By Wide Margin Last Week

Amid flat-to-negative performances for most of the major asset classes, last week’s strong rally in real estate stocks ex-US stands out. This corner of global markets led by a wide margin, based on a set of ETFs through the close of the trading week on Friday, Mar. 19. Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate (VNQI) rallied 1.2%. That’s the second straight weekly advance for the fund, which closed near its highest level in more than a year, as shown in the weekly performance chart...

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Stocks In Foreign Developed Markets Topped Gains Last Week

In a mixed week for asset classes, shares in developed nations ex-US ran away with the best performance for trading through Friday, Mar. 5, based on a set of proxy ETFs representing the major asset classes. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets (VEA) rose 1.1% last week, easily outpacing the rest of the field. The fund’s gain marks its first weekly advance in three weeks, as shown in the chart below. Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that “international exchange-traded...

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Commodities Were A Rare Bright Spot Last Week

Commodities and foreign junk bonds were the only winners last week for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange traded funds. Otherwise, red ink dominated results for the US trading week through Friday, Feb. 19. WisdomTree Continuous Commodity Index Fund (GCC), a broad, equal-weighted mix of raw goods, was the clear winner, rising 0.8% last week. That’s the fourth straight weekly gain for GCC, as shown in the weekly chart below. Although the fund pulled back modestly...

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Recapping The Trump Years Through A Markets Lens

The 45th president’s term ends today, putting a fork in one of the most turbulent periods in American history to rest. As the nation prepares for the the Biden era, whatever that means, let’s take a quick look at how markets fared through Donald’s tenure, based on a set of exchange traded funds.Let’s begin with a big-picture review of global equity markets via US, foreign developed and emerging markets slices from the close of Election Day in 2016 (Nov. 8) through yesterday (Jan. 19,...

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Is It Timely To Hold A Dollar-Hedged Investment Portfolio?

A bear-market bias continues to weigh on the US Dollar Index, which has tumbled sharply this year. That’s a bullish tailwind for US investors holding assets denominated in foreign currencies. Owning gold and cryptocurrencies – alternative forms of “money” untethered to the greenback – have been a profitable trades this year too.Supporting the bearish dollar view: this year’s aggressive US fiscal and monetary policies to offset the coronavirus blowback, with more of the same expected...

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Global Rally In Risk Assets Continued Last Week

The recent bull run in the major asset classes continued last week as foreign high-yield bonds and US real estate investment trusts (REITs) shared first place for performance, based on a set of exchange traded funds for the five trading days through Friday’s close (Dec. 4).VanEck Vectors International High Yield Bond (IHY) increased 1.8%. The gain – the fifth straight weekly advance — lifted the fund to another record high, as shown in the chart below (which reflects weekly...

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Clean Sweep: All The Major Asset Classes Posted Gains Last Week

Global markets rebounded last week, posting across-the-board gains, based on a set of exchange-traded funds as of Friday, Nov. 6. With the pandemic resurging in the US and Europe, however, the prospects for a sustained, broad-based rally look challenged.Nonetheless, the trading week begins with a solid performance tailwind. Last week’s leader: equities in foreign developed markets. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets (VEA) surged 7.6% — the fund’s strongest weekly increase since April....

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