Category: Market Commentary

23 Jul 2024

Asset Class Scoreboard: June 2024

In June 2024, most asset classes delivered positive returns, with U.S. stocks leading the pack: U.S. equities showed strong performance, with the S&P 500 climbing +3.53%, continuing the positive momentum from May. This robust growth in the domestic market contrasts with the slight decline in World stocks, which fell by -0.43%. U.S. Real Estate maintained […]

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12 Jun 2024
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: May 2024

In May, most asset classes rebounded after April’s pullback: U.S. stocks led the way, with the S&P 500 gaining an impressive +5.06% as corporate earnings showed resilience. Real estate also recovered, with the IYR index climbing +4.93% as lower mortgage rates renewed demand. International shares participated in the rally, rising +3.95%. Bonds stabilized, with the […]

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10 May 2024
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2024

April represented a step back following March’s gains, aside from Managed Futures being the star of the show this month. Commodities demonstrated resilience, posting a modest +0.95% growth despite the turbulence induced by the prospects of normalizing financial conditions. This volatility led to portfolio recalibration across sectors. Managed futures strategies once more, demonstrating relative resilience, […]

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08 Apr 2024
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: March 2024

March wasn’t all positive for the asset class scoreboard, where the scoreboard was split with gains and mild drawdowns, but all landed above the red. Commodities led returns at +4.45%, driven higher by resilient demand for energy and materials. Managed futures strategies delivered solid outperformance of +3.20% through wary exposures. Their flexible mandates rattled dynamic […]

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12 Mar 2024
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: February 2024

Equity markets extended January gains in February, with new all time highs in the US as the S&P 500 rose by +5.22%.  Internationally, developed markets progressed +3.03% on balance. While Bonds renewed their march higher in rates, losing -1.36% as rates creeped higher on fears the eventual easing by the Fed may be pushed off […]

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13 Feb 2024
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: January 2024

Commodity prices rose to start the new year, with the GSG index gaining a solid +4.39%, supported by tight supply conditions and manufacturing activity. Elsewhere, most assets pulled back as investors adapted to a higher rate of uncertainty globally. U.S. equities exhibited relative resilience, with the S&P climbing +1.59% after 2023 saw mild gains. By […]

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17 Jan 2024
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: December 2023

In reflecting upon 2023’s performance results across asset classes, it is apparent this year posed considerable challenges for capital markets amidst the ongoing macroeconomic transition. Persistent inflationary pressures and central bank tightening created headwinds for many segments throughout the period. While equities maintained respectable full-year gains, considerable monthly volatility was witnessed as geopolitical and economic […]

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07 Dec 2023
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Performance: NOV 2023

BOOM! And here we go – quite a change this November as we saw several asset classes book gains as easing inflation pressures lifted investor sentiment. Real estate investment trusts powered ahead by 12.29%, signaling strength in the property sector. Domestic stocks also shot up 9.13%, while developed international markets rose 8.28%, demonstrating a renewed […]

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08 Nov 2023

Asset Class Scoreboard: October 2023

October’s performance results underscored the challenging economic shrinking in the current economy. With inflation persisting and the central bank’s aggressive rate hike, most asset classes suffered declines against this uncertain backdrop, closing this 3rd quarter. Commodities retreated -3.91% as recessionary concerns weighed on industrial materials and energy prices from their summer highs. Equities also corrected, […]

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03 Aug 2023
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: JULY 2023

Despite Commodities Surge, July Returns Fail to Excite   Most investors were hoping for fireworks in July, however, returns this month largely fell flat, with a few exceptions.   The bright spot was commodities, as measured by the GSG ETF. The index surged +10.83% in July, its best month this year. Crude oil prices rose […]

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