Category: Why Alternatives?

02 Aug 2022
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: July 2022

There it was…the old dead cat bounce as investors suddenly decided maybe things are so bad the Fed will not just stop raising rates, but eventually cut rates – and started buying hand over fist in reaction. And what a bounce it was for US Stocks and Real estate, which both threatened double-digit single-month returns […]

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19 Jul 2022

June Mutual Fund Performance

The theme for June is “non-correlated does not mean negatively correlated.” We’ve written about this before. While equities continued their bear tread and bonds seemed to hit a temporary low, volatility never really picked up. The real story seemed to be in commodities. Agriculture, metals, and energy all reversed course as the world began to digest […]

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05 Jul 2022
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: June 2022

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s managed futures, clocking in with gains once again this year as other assets get hammered down. It won’t always be like this… it hasn’t been like this for a while. But it’s here now. What’s more, managed futures did it this month without the commodity headwind, relying […]

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14 Jun 2022

May Mutual Fund Performance

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 […]

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06 Jun 2022
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: May 2022

Wait a second… Managed Futures can go down? Stocks and Bonds can go up?  May showed us it is never quite that easy for asset classes to continue printing positive month after positive month (or negative after negative month) into infinity. Trends do end. Reversals do happen. Value buyers come in. Profit takers take profits. […]

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10 May 2022
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2022

Look who’s on TOP !! It’s been a while…so we’ll thank you for the courtesy of a small victory lap. And boy, is this time different. Managed futures typically does well in market crisis periods when all risk assets correlate, sending markets like energies, grains, and metals lower alongside stocks, all with a nice kicker […]

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20 Apr 2022

Are ESG Factors Redefining Alternative Investments?

ESG is a term every investor should know, especially within the rapidly changing financial world. As different generations grow older, and new investing tactics are being born, people are beginning to invest their money more consciously. For those that aren’t familiar, ESG or Environmental, Social, and Governance investing is a strategy you can use to […]

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01 Apr 2022
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: March 2022

Wow! There’s quarters… then there’s those quarter-managed futures just put up… while stocks went up in March, mind you. The drivers that big commodity number you see at the top of the table, but also that poor Bonds number you see at the bottom of the table, with managed futures short bonds and loving it […]

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03 Dec 2021
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: November 2021

Well, things certainly took an interesting turn in November, with most asset classes squarely in the red after a post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sell-off and failed bounce on the last two days. Commodities got smoked, led by the energy complex, dropping -10.59% – taking down any risk on class: U.S. Stocks, World Stocks, Hedge funds, U.S. […]

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05 Nov 2021
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: October

And we’re back…. After stocks took a breather from their meteoric rise in September with some losses – ALL asset classes came roaring back in October, with US Stocks, Real Estate, and Commodities all up above 5%, and everyone else pulling their weight. Even bonds. We’ll see how the last two months of the year […]

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