Category: AG Markets

08 Sep 2021
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: August 2021

Welcome to the dog days of summer… unless you’re U.S. equity markets, which again posted a new all-time high. That’s seven months in a row of relatively straight-up action for equities. When will it end and How will it end? are the questions on everyone’s mind. Elsewhere, Commodities took a little hiatus, along with bonds […]

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03 Aug 2021
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: July 2021

More of the same for the asset class scoreboard in July, as US real estate, US stocks, and Commodities all led the way – further cementing their double digit returns for the year (and adding quite a bit to the inflation narrative making the rounds.  The biggest surprise, perhaps, was bonds putting in a strong […]

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11 Jun 2021
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: May 2021

Not much to report on with the old asset class scoreboard if you like change. All of the asset classes we track put up positive returns in May, for the 2nd straight month, meaning it was more of the same in terms of the year – with all the risk on assets: commodities, real estate, […]

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28 Apr 2021

Where are the Lumber Trend Followers?

  But one well worn internet trope we haven’t seen tied to the rise in lumber prices is the inevitable blaming of CTAs, aka managed futures, aka trend followers for the move. That game usually starts out with JP Morgan’s Marko Kolanovic or one of the Nomura quants putting out some statistics on where he […]

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21 Apr 2021

Lumber: A Demand Driven Rally….On Steroids

There’s an inflation narrative out there with a lot of people pointing to lumber – but is it that or mills ? Actual people who trade lumber: Prices are rising due to sawmill bottlenecks, tariffs, residual caution on the part of the industry limiting capacity, the surprise renovation boom Inflation bros on Twitter: CPI, Muh […]

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14 Apr 2021
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: March 2021

Commodities have been the biggest topic so far this year, but we saw a small dip in performance in March due to the (unforeseen) bullish report released by USDA. Commodities are expected to pick back up in the following months, and overall are still performing high with positive double-digit returns for the year. In other […]

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08 Dec 2020

Now that’s A Liquid Futures Contract

The CME Group launched the first of its kind Water Futures contract on Monday joining the likes of other commodities available for trade with one small difference. Water won’t require any physical delivery or storage – unlike oil or corn, purchasers of a water future contract won’t be greeted by a delivery of millions of […]

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02 Jun 2020
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: May 2020

Commodities were the story of May — doing a full 180,  reversing from double-digit loses to posting double-digit returns on the back of Crude Oil rallying from its dip into negative territory. But both US Stocks and World Stocks continuing their bounce off the lows was a close second billing – with US Stocks back […]

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