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Major Asset Classes - November 2019 - Performance Review

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Includes: DDM, DIA, DOG, DXD, EEH, EPS, EQL, FEX, HUSV, IVV, IWL, IWM, JHML, JKD, OTPIX, PSQ, QID, QLD, QQEW, QQQ, QQQE, QQXT, RSP, RWM, RYARX, RYRSX, SCAP, SCHX, SDOW, SDS, SH, SMLL, SPDN, SPLX, SPUU, SPXE, SPXL, SPXN, SPXS, SPXT, SPXU, SPXV, SPY, SQQQ, SRTY, SSO, SYE, TNA, TQQQ, TWM, TZA, UDOW, UDPIX, UPRO, URTY, UWM, VFINX, VOO, VTWO, VV
by: James Picerno
James Picerno
Macro, economy, long only
Summary

The Russell 3000 Index jumped 3.8%, delivering its best gain since June.

The MSCI EAFE gained 1.1%, marking its third straight monthly increase.

Although most markets backtracked in November, the Global Market Index (GMI) posted a monthly gain.

The US stock market was the clear performance leader for the major asset classes in November. The strong gain in American shares was all the more striking in a month that was otherwise skewed to the downside.

US companies, however, roared higher last month. The Russell 3000 Index jumped 3.8%, delivering its best gain since June. Year to date, the index is up 27.3%, which is also the leading performance for the major asset classes so far in 2019.

The second-best performer in November: foreign stocks in developed markets. The MSCI EAFE gained 1.1%, marking its third straight monthly increase.

Most of the major asset classes lost ground last month. The biggest loser: broadly defined commodities. The Bloomberg Commodity Index shed 2.6%. Despite the latest loss, commodities are holding on to a mild 2.5% year-to-date gain.

Although most markets backtracked in November, the Global Market Index (GMI) posted a monthly gain. This unmanaged benchmark that holds all the major asset classes (except cash) in market value weights rose 1.7% last month, thanks to gains in its US and developed-market equity components.

For the trailing one-year window, GMI is up a strong 12.7% (red line in chart below), modestly behind US equities (Russell 3000) and ahead of US investment-grade fixed income (Bloomberg Aggregate US Bond Index).

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