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Across-The-Board Losses For Asset Classes Last Week

Apr. 09, 2018 8:34 AM ETTIP, VWO, VNQ
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All the major asset classes declined in April's first week of trading, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The losses marked the first broad sweep of weekly red ink for markets since early February.

The smallest setback was posted in inflation-indexed Treasuries. The iShares TIPS Bond (TIP) dipped a fractional 0.2%, the smallest loss among the major asset classes for the five trading days through April 6. Although TIP fell last week, the fund has been rallying since late-February.

Stocks in emerging markets posted last week's biggest decline. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) tumbled 1.8%, the ETF's third weekly slide in the past four calendar weeks.

Despite recent selling, all but one of the major asset classes continue to reflect gains for the one-year trend. Although several markets are barely clinging to year-over-year increases, only US real estate investment trusts (REITs) have lost ground over the trailing 12-month period. Vanguard Real Estate (VNQ) has shed 6.0% for the year (252 trading days) through last week's close on a total-return basis.

Meanwhile, emerging-markets equities continue to hold the top spot for one-year performance. Even after the recent drubbing in this corner, VWO remains the strongest one-year performer via a 17.9% total return.

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James Picerno is a financial journalist who has been writing about finance and investment theory for more than twenty years. He writes for trade magazines read by financial professionals and financial advisers. Over the years, he’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg Markets, Mutual Funds, Modern Maturity, Investment Advisor, Reuters, and his popular finance blog, The CapitalSpectator. Visit: The Capital Spectator (www.capitalspectator.com)

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