Asset Class Standings After New Stock Highs

With the S&P 500 breaking 1,600 for the first time ever last week and finally getting above those pesky 2007 highs, we decided to look at just how well everything else has done in comparison since all was well before the financial collapse, and see if any other asset classes are back above their 2007 (nominal) highs. You can see the S&P (price only) middling along there about the exact same as Real Estate, just pushing back above the 1000 line.

Disclaimer: past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
Managed Futures = Newedge CTA Index, Bonds = Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)
Hedge Funds = DJCS Core Hedge Fund Index Commodities = iShares GSCI ETF (GSG)
Real Estate = iShares DJ Real Estate ETF (IYR) World Stocks = MCSI World Index (ex USA)
US Stocks = S&P 500

The big winner since the last time stocks were at these levels: you guessed it, BONDS. You know, the bonds that people say are getting bubbly. Hedge Funds and Managed Futures also look quite good in relation to stocks since 2007, although they’ve had their problems underperforming stocks in the past few years. Now, some are pointing out that the S&P is still down significantly in inflation-adjusted terms  from the 2000 high (much less the 2007 high), but when comparing all the asset classes to each other – the real vs nominal game doesn’t apply. We would simply shift all the curves lower to adjust for inflation, and the S&P would still be middle of the pack.

It’s also quite a thing to take a step back and remember that huge spike in commodity prices,  and the fact that they peaked much later than stocks did.  We’ll see what happens over the next six years, but in the meantime – this is a good reminder that it is a marathon, not a sprint. And the fastest one around the track this past year or two or three may still be lagging others in the overall race.

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Disclaimer
The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark index performance is for the constituents of that index only, and does not represent the entire universe of possible investments within that asset class. And further, that there can be limitations and biases to indices such as survivorship, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

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Disclaimer
The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark index performance is for the constituents of that index only, and does not represent the entire universe of possible investments within that asset class. And further, that there can be limitations and biases to indices such as survivorship, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

See the full terms of use and risk disclaimer here.