Asset Class Scoreboard YTD – Look Who’s Climbing

Asset Class Scoreboard YTD – Look Who’s Climbing by Attain Capital

Somebody forgot to tell the eight assets classes we track that they are supposed to move in different directions based on different return drivers. They all moved down together in July, back up together in August, then back down together in September…. Except for a little asset class named Managed Futures, which (right on cue) broke away from the others to post positive performance for the month to complete its best quarter since 2008 to move up to the third best performing asset class YTD.  Download our “What is Managed Futures,” whitepaper if wondering how they’re able to zig while the stock market zags.

Elsewhere, down trends in Grains and Metals made a long only approach to commodities look less than great, with an almost -6% performance on the year; while Hedge funds have given back some of their gains on the year, and Real Estate remains on top despite being the worst performer of the month.

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Asset Class Scoreboard


(Disclaimer: past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results)

Source: All ETF performance data from

Sources: Managed Futures = Newedge CTA Index, Cash = 13 week T-Bill rate

Bonds = Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEARCA:BND),

Hedge Funds= IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker (ETF) (NYSEARCA:QAI)

Commodities = iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed (ETF) (NYSEARCA:GSG); Real Estate = iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IYR);

World Stocks = iShares MSCI ACWI ex US Index Fund (ETF) (NASDAQ:ACWX);

US Stocks = SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY)

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