Final 2017 Asset Class Scoreboard – World Stocks Best, Cash In Last

Final 2017 Asset Class Scoreboard – World Stocks Best, Cash In Last

Article by RCM Alternatives

2017 is in the books and all of the asset classes we track made money; granted there’s a large margin between the top and bottom performers in 2107 (26%!). Stocks and World Stocks crushed it, with +20% performances. Maybe it’s the contrarian in us, but we will say if World Stocks were labeled as a Hedge Fund, it’s almost decade long drawdown would definitely be played up in databases and the media despite its 2017 gains.

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Real Estate proves to be a top leader year after year, while Hedge Funds, and Bonds gave OK performances. Long Only Commodities spent the entire year in the negative, but was able to squeak out a positive performance on the year with a good December. Finally, Managed Futures finished up 2.48% for a year that did have much to offer in trends or volatility in the futures markets. This is Managed Futures first real up year since 2014.

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2017 Asset Class Scoreboard

Source: All ETF performance data from

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

Bonds = Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND),

edge Funds= IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy (QAI)

Commodities = iShares GSCI ETF (GSG);

Real Estate = iShares DJ Real Estate ETF (IYR);

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

S Stocks = SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

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