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Cryptocurrencies and stocks fell, national currencies soared, and commodities and bonds were mixed. The largest gains were in 1-3 year bonds and their zero maturity sibling, the USD; they rose 7.8% and 7.7% respectively. Coffee wasn't far behind, gaining 7.1%. Ethereum suffered the most, collapsing 41.1%. Bitcoin dropped 34.3%, while palladium and gold stocks vied for third place, falling 26.9% and 26.6%.

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National currencies, commodities, and most stocks fell, while cryptocurrencies rose, and bonds were mixed. Gold stocks scored the largest gains, rising 6.6%, but all major stock indexes closed lower. Long bonds (TLT) and Ethereum vied for second place, gaining 2.8% and 2.7% respectively. Crude oil once again registered the largest loss, falling 11.8% to a new four year low. Natural gas (not in table) recorded a new all-time low.

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Stocks and cryptocurrencies fell, bonds and most national currencies rose, and commodities were mixed. The big winner was 20+ year treasury bonds, which soared 7.1%; the Japanese Yen came second, gaining 5.7%. Crude oil registered the largest loss, falling 14.4% to a four year low. Ethereum dropped 12.8%, leaving it about where it was three weeks ago. Platinum closed at a new all-time low, and silver saw its lowest close since October of 1992.

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Cryptocurrencies rose again, stocks and commodities were mixed, and national currencies and bonds moved lower. Similar to last week, Ethereum soared 26.9% and Bitcoin gained 4.7%… but that was only enough to put Bitcoin in 4th place behind coffee (up 10.3%) and palladium, which added 6.4%. The largest losses were in the Euro, which fell 1.6%. In a three-way tie for second place were the Nikkei index, the HUI gold stocks, and cotton, each down 1.1%.

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This week saw a massive updraft for cryptocurrencies and a mix of gains and losses in commodities, while stocks, bonds and national currencies moved lower. Bitcoin and Ethereum closed up 9.3% and 7.0% respectively to become the week's largest winners. Crude oil plunged 8.0% and coffee dropped 7.5%, the largest losses for the week. Palladium rose 4.9% to a new 18 year high.

National currencies were all lower, led by the Japanese Yen, which slumped 1.7%. The Chinese Yuan fell least, giving up just 0.1%. The US Dollar closed off 0.3%. Bonds fared much worse than cash, as the short term SHY declined 1.8% and the long term TLT fell 2.2%.

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Stocks, bonds, and cryptocurrencies were higher, while national currencies and commodities were mixed. The largest gains were in Bitcoin and coffee, which rose 7.3% and 4.9% respectively. Gold stocks were another standout, rising 2.6%. The largest losses were in cotton, which declined 0.7%. The US Dollar gained 0.3%.

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National currencies and bonds were lower, cryptocurrencies were higher, and equities and commodities were mixed. The largest gains were in Bitcoin and crude oil, which rose 6.9% and 3.7% respectively. The largest losses were in long term bonds, which declined 2.3%. The US Dollar was 1.5% lower.

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Most assets moved higher, but each class (except cryptocurrencies) had a loser. The largest price swings were in commodities, as crude oil and cotton gained 5.0% and coffee fell 4.1%.

National currencies had only one decliner, the Japanese Yen, which closed off 0.2%. Although not in the table, the strongest currency I follow was the British Pound Sterling, which soared 4.6%. The Canadian Dollar came in second, rising 2.3%. USD cash was much stronger than it's bonds, rising 1.4% while the short term SHY added 1.0% and the long term TLT fell 2.5%.

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Stocks were lower, while all other asset classes were mixed. Crude oil and platinum had the largest drops, falling 6.2% and 6.1% respectively. Long term bonds made the strongest gains, rising 1.8%.

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Bonds fell again this week, with the so-called "safe haven" long term TLT plunging 6.3%, the largest drop of any asset. Most others rose, led by Ethereum, which gained 8.0%, and cotton which added 7.8%. Although the major stock markets moved higher, gold stocks continued to fall, dropping 5.9%.

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