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Weekly Update 27 May 2022

Bonds and cryptocurrencies fell, while other asset classes were mixed. The largest gains were in the S&P 500, up 5.6%, and coffee, up 5.3%. The worst losses were in Ethereum, which plunged 12.9%, and the CCi30 crypto index, which fell 7.8%.

The only rising national currency was the Euro, up 0.5%. The Chinese Yuan, down 1.1%, and the US Dollar, off 1.0%, were the worst performers. Treasuries outperformed USD cash, falling 0.7% for short terms and dropping 0.5% for long terms.

Ethereum started the week strong, rising to a high of 34.6 grams on Sunday, but accelerated lower to finish the week at 29.0 grams, down 12.9%. Bitcoin also rose early in the week, but faded to finish down 2.9%. Although the broader 30 crypto index fell 7.8%, some smaller coins, particularly in the privacy space, managed gains. For instance, Monero (XMR, not in table) rose 2.5%.

Stocks were mostly in the green, with only the Nikkei showing a loss, and that only 0.1%. The S&P 500 was the weeks strongest asset, gaining 5.6%. The Dow Industrials and the Euro STOXX each rose 5.2%. Gold stocks underperformed, adding just 0.6%.

Commodities were mixed; coffee made the biggest gains, rising 5.3%, while cotton had the largest losses, falling 2.9%. Metals were mixed, as palladium rose 1.0% and silver added 0.2%, but platinum fell 1.5% and copper retreated 0.2%.

Year over year, cryptocurrencies and bonds are in the red, while other asset classes are mixed but mostly lower. The biggest winners are all in the commodities: crude oil, up 75.8%, cotton, up 72.4%, and coffee, up 50.9%. The worst performers were the CCi30 crypto index, down 58.1%, and Ethereum, down 38.7%, followed by palladium, off 24.9%. Among equities, only the S&P 500 is in the green, up 1.1%. The Nikkei 225, down 17.3%, was the weakest stock index.

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