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Commodities Surged Last Week, Leading Most Markets Higher

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Most of the major asset classes scored gains last week, with broadly defined commodities leading the way, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The broadly defined iPath Bloomberg Commodity (DJP) posted its biggest weekly calendar advance in 2018 for the five trading days through April 13. The exchange-traded note was up 3.1%, closing at […]

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 […]

A Mixed Week For The Major Asset Classes

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Global markets posted a varied set of performances for the five trading days through last week’s close. On the positive side, US stocks continued to rally, dispensing the best weekly return for the major asset classes, based on a set of ETFs. On the flip side, broadly defined commodities suffered the biggest weekly loss. Vanguard […]

US Stocks Bucked The Trend With Another Solid Gain Last Week

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Selling dominated trading last week for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The main exception: US equities, which posted a solid advance. Vanguard Total US Stock Market (VTI) increased 1.5% over the five trading days through Dec. 1. The weekly rise marks the ETF’s third straight weekly gain, leaving the […]

Across-The-Board Gains For Markets Last Week

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Buyers lifted prices in all the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The gains mark the first run of uniformly positive weekly results in three months. The leading performer for last week: foreign stock markets in developed nations. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets (VEA) rose 1.9% in the holiday shortened […]

US REITs Rise For A Second Week

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the US surged last week, posting the strongest gain among the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The rise marks the second weekly increase in a row for securitized real estate. Vanguard REIT (VNQ) jumped 2.2% over the five trading days through Nov. 10. The […]

Commodities Lead Markets For Second Week In A Row

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Broadly defined commodities posted the strongest gain for the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The advance marks the second time in as many weeks that commodities topped the performance list. The iPath Bloomberg Commodity (DJP) was up 1.2% for the five trading days through Friday, Nov. 3. The […]

Commodities Popped Last Week Amid Weakness Elsewhere

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Broadly defined commodities rose last week, posting the strongest advance for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The increase is an outlier during a week when most markets fell. The iPath Bloomberg Commodity (DJP) jumped 1.0% for the five trading days through Oct. 27. US equities – the number-two performer […]

US Equities Rose Last Week While Most Other Markets Declined

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Losses dominated the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. But three corners of the global markets bucked the trend with gains: US stocks, junk bonds in the US, and high-yield bonds in foreign markets. The US stock market was the top performer for the five trading days through Oct. […]

Low Volatility In Everything

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A rising number of investors are anxious about the “bull market in everything”, but the markets are calm, based on rolling 90-day volatility (standard deviation). It may be the calm before the storm, although research on volatility clustering suggests that the tranquil times can roll on for longer than expected. The tide will turn eventually, […]