OUCH! A massive Bond Reversal hits Trend
So anyone watching CNBC or picking up the WSJ has heard of Silicon Valley Bank by now. The failed startup bank which caused the Fed to step in and sort of guarantee deposits across all regional banks. But while all that real world, actual customers and their bank deposits stuff were going on – here […]
Mutual Fund performance: February
February gave back some of the optimism in January. The markets continued to pay attention to point/counter-point of economic data and the Fed as if it was a lame televised political debate. The sentiment indicates more rate hikes are coming. Stocks and bonds were down most of the month (VOL up mildly). Predictably, the dollar […]
Asset Class Scoreboard: February 2023
Most assets took a tumble in February, as the everything rally from January to start off the year took a bit of a breather – as stocks and bonds resumed their 2022 look with both seeing losses at the same time. Elsewhere, U.S. Real estate took the biggest fall, although most have remained out of […]
Mutual Fund Performance: December 2022
The weather outside was frightful for some of the US markets in December. As risks of recession loomed, equities and bond prices fell in tandem (again). Volatility increased modestly providing a meager meal long volatility strategies. A milder European winter (so far) helped energy prices mostly decline through the month, especially natural gas. The USD […]
Asset Class Scoreboard: December 2022
Commodities for the Win! There it was. The final buzzer of the game as 2022 comes to an end. But it was a bit of a bore of a game overall, with the scoreboard at the end of the year looking a lot like it did throughout the year, with Commodities and Managed Futures leading […]
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