Category Archives: BND

US Stocks Topped Market Performances Last Week

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The US equity market rebounded last week, posting a gain after two straight weekly declines. The advance topped performances for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchanged-traded products. Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI) surged 2.5% for the five trading days through May 11, the ETF’s biggest weekly increase in two months. Last […]

Profiling Correlations, Part II: Alternative Strategies

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Last month’s review of return correlations highlighted the challenge of finding strong diversification opportunities among the major asset classes for designing and managing portfolios. Does the landscape offer better choices if we expand the opportunity set by adding alternative strategies to the mix? As a preliminary test, let’s compare a core set of the major […]

Profiling Correlations For The Major Asset Classes

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The case for holding a portfolio that’s diversified across markets and asset classes is built on the assumption that return correlations will remain below 1.0 (perfect positive correlation) by more than a trivial degree. To the extent that you own assets that move independently of one another you’ll reap the rewards of diversification, which is […]

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

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After two weeks of red ink, all the major asset classes bounced back last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products through Friday’s close (Feb. 16). The latest rally extends an extraordinary run of highly correlated moves in markets, up and down. For each of the past four weeks, the major asset classes have […]

A Second Week Of Losses Weigh On All The Major Asset Classes

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Red ink continued to spill across all the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The declines mark the second straight week of across-the-board selling. The biggest setback was in foreign real estate/REITs. Vanguard Global ex-US Real Estate (VNQI) suffered a sharp 6.1% decline over the five trading days through […]

Emerging Markets Stocks Lead While US Bonds Retreat

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Equities in emerging markets posted the strongest advance among the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. US bonds, meanwhile, continued to slide, delivering last week’s biggest setback for broadly defined markets. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) was firmly in the winner’s circle for the shortened trading week in the […]

Emerging Markets Stocks And Bonds Rise As US Shares Sink

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Equities and fixed-income securities in emerging markets took the lead last week, posting the biggest gains among the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Meanwhile, US stocks fell for a second week, the first back-to-back weekly losses in three months, based on Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI). Last week’s top performer: […]

Commodities Continue To Rebound, Rising To Two-Month High

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A broadly defined index of commodities rose for a third straight week, posting the strongest gain among the major asset classes over the five trading days through July 28, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Supported by higher prices for crude oil and gold, commodities overall increased to a two-month high at Friday’s close. […]

Across-The-Board Gains For Global Markets Last Week

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All the major asset classes were higher last week, led by stocks in emerging markets. Reversing widespread losses from the previous week, all the broad categories of global markets advanced in the five trading days through July 14, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Last week’s top performer: Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO). The […]

Price-Momentum Implied Forecasts: Bonds

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Yesterday we reviewed the outlook for stocks based on a momentum profile from the vantage of the major asset classes, according to a set of proxy ETFs. Today’s focus turns to bonds around the world, using prices as of Dec. 27. Once again, the analytical lens is a two-part toolkit: 50- and 200-day moving averages, […]