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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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Emerging Markets Stocks Lead Returns For Major Asset Classes

Shares in emerging markets moved to first place for one-week and one-year returns for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded funds through Friday’s close (Feb. 5). In addition to topping returns last week, emerging markets equities have widened a first-place performance lead over US stocks, which are in second place for one-year results. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) rallied sharply last week, rising 5.5%. The surge marks the biggest weekly gain for...

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Emerging Markets Stocks Topped Last Week’s Rally In Risk Assets

Shares in emerging markets led a broad rally in global shares last week, based on a set of exchange traded funds representing the major asset classes through Friday’s close (Jan. 22). The week’s losses were concentrated in foreign bonds and commodities. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) rallied 2.9% last week, marking the ETF’s fourth consecutive weekly advance. After closing at a record high on Thursday, the fund pulled back on Friday. The recent rally for this slice of...

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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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US Property Shares Led Returns For Major Asset Classes Last Week

US real estate investment trusts (REITs) remain range-bound but property shares managed to lead the major asset classes last week by a wide margin, based on a set of exchange traded funds at Friday’s close (Jan. 15). Vanguard US Real Estate (VNQ) popped 1.9% last week, the fund’s strongest weekly gain since mid-November. A solid performance but the gain doesn’t break the ETF out of its trading range that’s prevailed for the past two-and-a-half months, as shown below in the...

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Foreign Stocks Led Mixed Run For Global Markets Last Week

Shares in emerging markets topped last week’s gains for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange traded funds as of Friday’s close  (Jan. 8). Equities in developed markets ex-US were a close second-place weekly performer. Leading the winners: Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Shares (VWO), which surged 4.7% last week. The rally lifted the fund to a record high. The latest gain marks the fund’s strongest weekly advance since the first week of November. “There’s a lot of...

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Commodities Rallied And Emerging Markets Tanked Last Week

The year’s penultimate trading week was short but it didn’t lack for drama. A broadly defined, equal-weighted measure of commodities led a mixed run for the major asset classes while stocks and bonds in emerging markets posted the deepest losses, based on a set of exchange traded funds at the close of last week’s trading (Dec. 24).WisdomTree Enhanced Commodity Strategy (GCC) rose 0.8%, posting its second straight weekly gain. The fund, which holds an equally weighted mix of...

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Desperately Seeking Yield: 23 December 2020

The pickings remain slim for yield-seeking investors when sifting through the global markets. But cheer up: relative to inflation, the current payouts look reasonable and arguably attractive. US consumer-price inflation at the headline level rose a mild 1.2% for the year through November. By that standard, the average 3.0% trailing yield (trailing 12 months) for a set of ETF proxies for the major asset classes looks relatively rich. Meanwhile, financial and economic gravity...

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US Stocks Led Global Rally In Asset Classes Last Week

Shares of American companies rebounded last week, forging into record territory before edging back by the close of the trading week on Friday, Dec. 18. When then dust cleared, US stocks led most of the world’s major asset classes, which posted solid gains, based on a set of exchange traded funds. The outlier: a fractional loss for US investment-grade bonds. Vanguard Total US Stock Market (VTI) revived its long-running winning streak following the coronavirus crash in March and rose...

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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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