Category Archives: VTI

Major Asset Classes | Correlation Profile | 12 July 2018

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Return correlations for the major asset classes have been ticking higher in 2018, based on the median of pairwise relationships for rolling one-year periods via a set of exchange-traded products. Although the median correlation is still well below levels reached last year, the upward trend this year is conspicuous, suggesting that diversification benefits generally may […]

Widespread Buying Lifted Nearly All Asset Classes Last Week

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Positive returns dominated the first week of trading in July for the major asset classes, based on a set of US-listed exchange-traded products. With the exception of broadly defined commodities, every corner of finanical markets posted gains for the trading week through July 6. Securitized real estate securities in the US posted the strongest gain […]

Most Asset Classes Fell Last Week

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Selling dominated global markets in last week’s trading. US stocks and bonds posted gains, but the rest of the major asset classes retreated over the five trading days through June 15, based on a set of exchange traded products. The biggest winner: junk bonds in the US. SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond (JNK) gained […]

US Stocks And Real Estate Were Last Week’s Top Performers

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US equities posted the biggest gain among the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Foreign and US real estate shares grabbed second- and third-place finishes, respectively, for the five trading days through Friday, June 8. Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI) rose 1.7% last week, leading the winner’s list. The […]

Rebound For US REITs Rolled On Last Week

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the US led markets higher last week for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The latest gain marks the second straight week that US REITs delivered the strongest performance. Vanguard REIT (VNQ) gained 1.9% for the holiday shortened four-day US trading week through Friday, […]

US Real Estate Shares Rose Sharply Last Week

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) posted the strongest gain for the major asset classes last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Vanguard Real Estate (VNQ) jumped 2.5% over the five trading days through Friday, May 25, posting an outsized advance vs. the rest of the field. Although the ETF is still down for […]

All The Major Asset Classes Fell Last Week—Except Commodities

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Markets declined last week in nearly every corner of the major asset classes, with the lone exception of broadly defined commodities, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The iPath Bloomberg Commodity (DJP) gained 0.6% over the five trading days through May 18. The increase lifted the exchange-traded note close to its highest level in […]

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 […]

Foreign Bond Markets Rallied Last Week On Trade-War Fears

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Stock markets around the world tumbled last week over concerns about a possible trade war between the US and China. The risk-off posture generated renewed demand for bonds, particularly foreign bonds, which delivered the only gains last week for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Supported by a decline in […]