At first, August looked like it would continue this bear market rally, but the trend kicked back in. Led by bonds dropping, the world started pricing in a stronger fed stance. Stocks turned over, and the dollar strengthened. Stock volatility (i.e., VIX) rose but in a more orderly way, making it challenging for some long volatility […]
July provided a relief rally for the still-correlated stocks and bonds much to the chagrin of doomsday prophets. Volatility fell most every day of the month providing a good test for long volatility strategies. Commodity markets were mixed in performance and choppy, lacking a coherent theme (Natural Gas the notable exception). This proves difficult for […]
May felt like a maelstrom in the moment but produced forgetful market activity. Equities continued their fall from grace, yet volatility remained muted which created a difficult environment for some VOL strategies. US bonds spent most of the month in a relief rally only to produce flat returns. Commodities were a mixed bag with grains […]
April was the worst month for equities since March 2020, with the S&P down -8.9% month over month. Thankfully there’s bonds to fall back on right? For those living under an igneous formation, the inflation-Fed theme continues to provoke selling in equities and a tightening of credit (pushing bond prices down). As elsewhere reported, this is […]
Assets generally flowed into alternative-focused funds in March. The world started to digest the idea that Russia’s war with Ukraine wouldn’t be over quickly. On the home front, the Fed maintained its hawkish tone. While equities prices rose, more money wants to incorporate some kinds of diversification. The mutual funds below reflect that appetite, with […]
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