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What You Should/Could Haven't Missed Over The Past Week, Year, Decade, Or Today


Did you notice that the S&P 500 is at record high from a total return perspective?

Which sector/s is/are the biggest laggard/s among the S&P 500's 11 sectors?

What were the best asset-classes to invest into over the past decade or two?

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Here's how the past week looked like at Wall Street:

1) The S&P 500 (SPY) index is up >21% YTD, yet (at 2,992.03) still trading ~1% off its all-time record level (3,027.98) from 2 months ago (July 26th). Nevertheless, from a total return perspective the index has hit a new all-time high last week.

2) Housing Starts (ITBXHB) hit their highest level since 2007.


3) Crude Oil (USOOIL) spiked 14.7% on Monday, following the attacks on Saudi Arabia's (KSA) Aramco oil facilities. That was the 3rd largest 1-day rise ever. Nevertheless, the "black gold" finished the week up "only" 6%.


4) The Fed cut rates for the 2nd straight meeting to 1.75%-2.00%. While Jay Powell and the Fed's "dot plot" suggest that monetary-policy decision-makers may not see the need for another cut in 2019, based on Fed Funds futures - the market is still pricing one more leg down inside this year.

5) The Fed "special"/"daily"/"one-off" intervention in the repo market wasn't only very rare, but it's now not so special/rare anymore. 

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This de-facto means that QE4 has started, albeit without the Fed calling it by its real name as of yet. Give it 2-3 months and it would be named properly...

With the US Treasury back to routine issuance of new debt (SHV, SHY, IEF, TLT), sucking more and more liquidity from the market, it's no wonder to see a growing number of analysts already say that the so-called "helicopter money" will be needed to combat the next downturn.


All 11 sectors within the S&P 500 are in positive territory. Even Energy (XLE) and Healthcare (XLV), two sectors that were lagging badly (and still do) are now showing decent returns YTD.

Interestingly, from a 1-year total return perspective, we still have 5 sectors that are in the red. On top of Energy and Healthcare, we have Financials (XLF), Industrials (XLI), and Materials (XLB) that are in negative territory, as a direct result of yield-curve/spreads (financials) or the trade-war tension (industrials, materials).

Unsurprisingly, over the longer-run, 3- and 5- year time frames, Technology (XLK) is leading the pack with phenomenal returns of +115% and +78%, respectively.


Here are the 2019 YTD returns of several leading securities:

  • Bitcoin (BTC-USD): +170% >>> Bitcoin futures are now trading on a second exchange. Bitcoin options are coming next year.
  • REITs (VNQ): +27%
  • Oil (USO): +26%
  • Nasdaq 100 (QQQ): +24%
  • S&P 500 (SPY): +21%
  • Gold (GLD): +18%
  • Small-Caps (IWM): +17%
  • Investment Grade Bonds (LQD): +15%
  • EAFE = Global Stocks ex-US/Canada region (EFA): +14%
  • High Yield Bonds (HYG): +12%
  • US Bonds (AGG): +8%
  • Emerging Markets Stocks (EEM): +7%
  • US Dollar (UUP): +5%
  • Cash (BIL): +1.6%

Here are the leading country-focused ETFs in 2019:

Greece (GREK) and Russia (ERUS) are leading the way, but with a green/red ratio of 13:3, it's safe to say that 2019 has been pretty good for equity investors thus far. That, of course, unless you insisted investing in Pakistan (PAK) or Nigeria (NGE) for whatever reason...

Decade (or two)

Here are the annualized returns of various asset-classes since 2008:

  • SPDR® S&P 500 ETF (SPY): +8.5%
  • iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM): +7.8% 
  • Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ): +7.6% 
  • iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT): +6.9% 
  • iShares JP Morgan USD Em Mkts Bd ETF (EMB): +6.2% 
  • iShares iBoxx $ Invmt Grade Corp Bd ETF (LQD): +5.8% 
  • iShares Preferred&Income Securities ETF (PFF): +5.7% 
  • iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corp Bd ETF (HYG): +5.6% 
  • SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD): +4.8% 
  • Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND): +3.7% 
  • iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP): +3.3% 
  • iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA): +1.5% 
  • SPDR® Blmbg Barclays 1-3 Mth T-Bill ETF (BIL): +0.5% 
  • iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM): +0.4% 
  • Invesco DB Commodity Tracking (DBC): -5.7% 

By the way, if we look at the annualized returns of various asset-classes since the 21st century has began - being defensive (real estate, bonds) has played out better than being aggressive, especially when considering the higher level of risk/volatility embedded with stocks.


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