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Asset Allocation Weekly Insights

Weekly Asset Allocation Highlights

  • The out-performance of domestic assets continued last week
  • A 60/40 mix of purely US assets vastly out-performed a global version
  • US large and small cap stocks had an up week but REITS were the standout performer
  • REITS have been all year moving along with rates but recently their correlation to equities has increased
  • EM stocks continue having a rough year


  • The USD keeps chugging along notching small weekly wins
  • EM currencies continue their pattern of depreciation
  • Among the majors, sterling took the biggest hit despite an increase in ST rates
  • The yuan continues depreciating in a controlled fashion


  • A week of recovery for grains as President Trump has offered assistance
  • Wheat is least affected by global trade fears and has continued on a solid Up Trend
  • Gold and Silver continue a downtrend with little sign of relief especially as ST interest rates keep climbing higher
  • Lumber prices are breaking down due to over-valuation and a possible dispute with Canada over newly imposed tariffs

This Coming Week:

  • Q2 earnings in the US almost done – above average earnings season
  • Watching the USD – expecting some depreciation as other central banks start their normalization plans
  • Expecting momentum as a factor to start losing effectiveness – last week saw a resurgence of value and yield-oriented strategies
  • In the US the key macro number to watch is the CPI – expect a further slow rise
  • GDP releases in Japan and England, in China we are expecting Trade Balance numbers as well as CPI

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Eric J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC



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