National currencies, cryptocurrencies, bonds, and major stock indexes fell while commodities were mixed. The big winners were gold stocks, which rose 6.6%, and palladium, which gained 5.3%. Cryptocurrencies took the biggest hits, as Ethereum dropped 10.1% and Bitcoin fell 9.6%. Although Ethereum registered the largest loss in absolute terms, I see it as a healthy correction following last week's massive 26.9% gain.
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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%.
Cryptocurrencies continued to rise this week, but other asset classes were mixed. Ethereum soared 24.5% and Bitcoin gained 5.5%. The largest losses were in coffee, which fell a further 3.5%, and gold stocks, which dropped 2.7%. In contrast, other major stock markets did quite well, with the S&P 500 and Euro STOXX adding 3.9% apiece.
Most asset classes moved lower; the main exceptions were gold stocks, which rose 3.0%, and long term treasury bonds, which gained 2.5%. The largest losses were in crude oil, which dropped 7.8%, and copper, which fell 6.1%. Cryptocurrencies also pulled back, less than some commodities, but more than stocks or bonds.
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%.
Equities and commodities were mixed but weighted to the downside; all other asset groups moved lower. The largest gains were in cotton, which rose 0.9%, and the S&P 500, which added 0.8%. The worst performers were Ethereum, which fell 11.7%, and gold stocks, which dropped 3.6%.
Cryptocurrencies declined again, bonds and commodities moved higher, and national currencies and equities were mixed. The largest gains were in coffee and palladium, which rose 9.1% and 2.5% respectively. The largest losses were in Ethereum, which fell 16.6%, and Bitcoin, which dropped 13.9%.
Cryptocurrencies declined, stocks and bonds moved higher, and currencies and national commodities were mixed. The largest gains were in gold stocks and long term bonds, which rose 2.4% and 1.9% respectively. The largest losses were in Bitcoin, which fell 3.7%, and coffee, which declined 3.2%.
National currencies moved higher, but all other asset classes were mixed. The largest gains were in coffee and crude oil, which rose 8.4% and 5.0% respectively. The largest losses were in silver, which fell 4.4%, and gold stocks, which declined 3.7%.
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%.