Category: Market Commentary

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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12 Jul 2023
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: June 2023

In June, most asset classes delivered gains: U.S. stocks soared – S&P 500 up 6.48% fueled by economic optimism. World stocks rose 4.63% on brightening global growth outlook. Real estate returned 5.73% due to low rates and economic reopening. Bonds were flat – total bond market down 0.22% as investors favored stocks. Commodities gained – […]

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05 Jun 2023
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: May 2023

While most major asset classes struggled in May, U.S. stocks managed to eke out small gains, driven by strength in large tech companies. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Hedge funds and bonds both posted small losses for the month. Hedge funds returned -0.65% while bonds declined 1.16% according to the data. Despite […]

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15 May 2023

MUTUAL FUND PERFORMANCE: APRIL

The focus of the April market action was similar to March, and all eyes were on monetary policy. Would the layoffs and banking issues constitute enough pain for the Fed to alter course in trying to control inflation? Stock and bonds mostly went sideways. Commodities were mixed with choppy market action, with the exception of […]

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