Cryptocurrencies, stocks, and most commodities were lower, bonds were higher, and national currencies were mixed. Cryptos continued their fall, with Ethereum dropping 20.0% while Bitcoin gave up 16.7%. Long term bonds rose 1.4%, the largest gain this week. The only rising commodity was silver, which added 0.3%.

The Japanese Yen was the strongest currency, adding 0.6%. The Euro was the weakest, falling 1.2%. The US Dollar added 0.2%, but was outpaced by its bonds, as the short term SHY gained 0.3% and the long term TLT rose 1.4%.

The cryptocurrencies were hit hard again this week, as Ethereum fell 20.0% to close at 8.6 grams and Bitcoin slid 16.7% to close at 158.4 grams. Over the weekend, Bitcoin began to rise, but Ethereum continued to slide lower. This week's drop has been attributed to the SEC postponing a ruling on VanEck's Bitcoin ETF proposal until the end of September.

The European STOXX 50 led equities lower, falling 3.2%. Gold stocks declined 2.7%. The S&P 500 fell the least, losing 0.4%.

Silver rose 0.3% this week, but all other commodities were lower. Cotton declined 3.1% and crude oil fell 1.1%. Palladium fell 0.8% and copper was down 0.6%.

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Currencies and bonds were higher, stocks and commodities were mixed. Cryptocurrencies were hit hard, as Ethereum fell 10.4% and Bitcoin dropped 8.4%. The largest gains were in the S&P 500 stock index which rose 1.4%.

The Canadian Dollar led the currencies higher, gaining 1.2%. The Euro gained the least, adding 0.1%. USD cash rose 0.6% and long and short term treasury bonds each rose 0.7%.

Ethereum fell slowly at first, then accelerated on Tuesday and Wednesday, hitting a low of 10.4 grams on Thursday. It recovered slightly to close the week at 10.7 grams, down 10.4%. Bitcoin rose a bit on the weekend hitting a high of 208.9 grams, then started dropping each day, ending the week at 190.1 grams, off 8.4%. Since the close, Bitcoin has fallen faster than Ethereum, and as of Monday, Bitcoin was down another 5% while Ethereum was off about 2%. Other cryptocurrencies generally fared worse than BTC and ETH; for instance, DASH was down 12.9% for the week.

US stocks were higher, with the S&P 500 gaining 1.4% and the Dow Jones Industrials rising 0.7%, while the European STOXX 50 index fell 0.7%. Gold stocks were unchanged.

Platinum and silver rose 1.0% and 0.7% respectively, while copper and palladium dropped 0.9% and 0.5%. Coffee had the largest drop of any commodity, falling 1.8%. Crude oil rose 0.3%.

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Currencies and equities were higher this week, while bonds and commodities were mixed. Bitcoin and Ethereum were the largest gainers, rising 19.1% and 4.9% respectively. The largest drops were in palladium, down 4.5%, and silver, off 1.8%.

The strongest government-issued currency was the Japanese Yen, which gained 1.6%. The Chinese Yuan was weakest, adding 0.4%. Short term bonds and USD cash rose 1.1% each, while long term bonds fell 0.6%.

Bitcoin rose through the week, peaking at 190.7 grams on Thursday before pulling back to finish the week at 186.1 grams, up 19.1%. Ethereum followed a similar pattern, but peaked on Tuesday at 12.6 grams, then worked lower to close at 11.4 grams, for a gain of 4.9%.

Stock indexes were all higher, led by the Japanese Nikkei, which gained 2.0%. The HUI gold stocks rose the least, adding 0.2%. The Dow Industrials gained 1.2%.

Metals were mixed, with palladium and silver falling 4.5% and 1.8% respectively, while copper and platinum rose 0.2% apiece. Coffee gained more than any other commodity, adding 1.7%.

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Currencies, bonds and stocks were mostly higher, while crypto-currencies got hammered, and commodities were mixed. The largest gains were in cotton, up 5.2%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, up 3.6%. The biggest losses were in Ethereum, which fell 7.4%.

The only falling government-issued currency was the Japanese Yen, which lost 0.7%. The USD was strongest, gaining 1.1%. Long and short term bonds both kept pace with USD cash, also rising 1.1%.

Bitcoin and Ethereum both worked their way lower over the course of the week, closing down 5.5% and 7.4% respectively. On Monday the 16th, however, both made solid gains, wiping out the prior week's losses.

Gold stocks fell 2.1%, but all other equity indexes were in the black. The Dow led the field, rising 3.4%. The Nikkei was also strong, gaining 3.0%.

Commodities were mixed, with cotton rising 5.0% while crude oil fell 2.7% and coffee dropped 2.6%. Among the metals, copper fell 0.4% while palladium rose 0.8%. Silver was little changed, down 0.1%.

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This was a solid week for cryptocurrencies; commodities were mostly lower, and all other asset classes were mixed. Ethereum topped the charts, rising 8.3%. Copper suffered the largest losses, falling 5.0%. Platinum fell to a new all-time low before recovering to close the week down 1.9%.

Currencies were generally weak, although the Canadian Dollar was unchanged and the Euro rose 0.3%. Weakest was the Chinese Yuan, which gave up 0.7%. Bonds were mixed, with short-term SHY falling 0.5% and the long-term TLT rising 0.5%. USD cash was off 0.4%.

Bitcoin worked its way higher over the course of the week, finishing up 6.9% at 165.4 grams. Ethereum hit a high of 11.85 grams on Monday, dropped sharply on Tuesday, and recovered for the rest of the week, ending up 8.3% at 11.75 grams.

Equities were mostly higher, but the Japanese Nikkei fell 2.4%. The Euro STOXX50 gained 2.2%. Gold stocks rose 2.3%.

The only rising commodity was cotton, up 0.2%. Copper was hit hard, falling 5.0%. Platinum hit a new all-time low of 20.66 grams on Tuesday, but recovered to end the week at 20.76 grams, off 1.9%.

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This was a generally positive week for currencies and bonds, a quiet week for stocks, and a mixed week for cryptocurrencies and commodities. The largest gains were in crude oil, which rose a stunning 9.7%. The largest losses were in Ethereum, which fell 5.0%.

The Canadian Dollar was the strongest national currency, gaining 2.9%, while the Euro was in second place, up 1.8%. The only falling currency was the Chinese Yuan, off 0.3%. Bonds rose strongly, and in proportion to their maturity dates. The 20+ year TLT gained 2.5%, while the 2-3 year SHY added 1.6%. Zero maturity USD cash was up 1.5%.

Bitcoin rose slowly until Thursday, when it fell hard, recovering on Friday to a new high for the week, up 3.7%. It has continued to rise over the weekend as well, and was about 6% higher on Monday than the close on Friday. Ethereum worked its way lower over the course of the week, and recovered a bit on Friday, but not enough to avoid posting a 5.0% loss. Since the close, however, it has rallied strongly, gaining about 9%, more than making up for the week's losses.

Not much action in the Equity markets, as US and European indexes close up 0.2%, while the Japanese Nikkei closes down 0.3%. Gold stocks were little changed, up 0.1%.

Crude oil was the strongest asset overall, rising 9.7%, apparently due to OPEC production cuts – in spite of the largest Saudi production boost in five years. Metals were mostly lower, with silver and copper down 1.2% each. Palladium was the exception, gaining 1.2%. Platinum finished the week at 21.17 grams, down 0.4%, just 0.02% above its all time low.

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This was a strange week, generally positive until Friday, when trade war announcements caused most assets except the USD and long term bonds to drop sharply. Bitcoin and Ethereum had fallen hard very early in the week, and were recovering slowly before giving up their gains on Friday, ending off 14.5% and 17.5% respectively. Long term bonds were the largest gainers, rising 1.7%.

The USD was the strongest currency, gaining 1.0%, while the Canadian Dollar was once again the weakest, giving up 0.7%. Long term bonds rose 1.7%, while short term bonds gained 1.0%.

Bitcoin and Ethereum followed similar patterns this week, falling hard on Sunday the 17th, recovering slowly until Friday, when they (along with many other asset classes) were slammed, ending the week down 14.5% and 17.5% respectively.

European stocks were the only equities to close lower, falling 0.6%. The S&P 500 saw the largest gains, rising 1.0%, followed by the Japanese Nikkei Index, which gained 0.7%. Gold stocks rallied 0.5%.

Copper and cotton here hard hit, dropping 3.5% apiece. Silver is listed as rising 4.1%, but this is a statistical anomaly. The London silver fix used in my database was issued just before the trade war stories hit the news wires on Friday, causing all the precious metals (and many other asset prices) to fall sharply. Using the New York closing prices for gold and silver gives a silver price of 0.402 grams/oz, for a gain of 0.42% for the week, a more fair assessment. That would make platinum's 0.7% gain the largest among the commodities.

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This was a good week for stocks and cryptos, a bad week for bonds, and a mixed week for currencies and commodities. The biggest changes were in commodities, as copper rose 6.2% and coffee dropped 4.7%. Ethereum closed the week up 3.3%, but the crypto markets fell hard over the weekend, with Ethereum down 12% on Sunday.

The Euro was the strongest currency, gaining 0.6%, while the Canadian Dollar was the weakest, giving up 0.4%. Long term bonds fell 0.9%, while short term bonds and USD cash each fell 0.3%.

Bitcoin and Ethereum were both fairly stable throughout the week, closing up 0.8% and 3.3% respectively. Over the weekend, however, both saw large drops on low volumes, closing down 10 to 12% on Sunday. Several explanations have been floated, including the hack of Coinrail, a small Korean exchange, and fresh concerns about CFTC investigations into crypto price manipulations.

Gold stocks were the only equities to close lower, falling 0.5%. The Dow Jones Industrials led the field, rising 2.5%, followed closely by the Jappanese Nikkei Index, which gained 2.3%.

The real fireworks were once again in commodities. Copper rose 6.2% while coffee dropped 4.7%. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium up 2.1%, silver up 1.5%, and platinum off 0.5%. Crude oil fell slightly, giving up 0.4%.

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It was generally an up week for currencies and bonds, but mixed for cryptocurrencies, stocks, and commodities. The largest swings were in commodities, with cotton climbing 5.3% and crude oil falling 2.4%.

The weakest currency was the Chinese Yuan, off 0.1%. The Canadian Dollar was strongest, rising 0.9%, followed by the Euro, which was up 0.8%. Short term bonds rose 0.6% while long term bonds gained 1.3%. Zero-maturity USD cash added 0.7%.

Bitcoin sagged early in the week, hitting a low of 170.3 grams on Monday, but recovered to close the week at 181.2 grams, up 1.5%. Ethereum followed a similar pattern, hitting a low of 12.3 grams on Monday, but it's recovery wasn't as strong, leaving it 0.5% below the prior week's close.

US stocks showed strength this week, as the S&P 500 gained 1.2%. The Japanese Nikkei index fell 0.8%, and the European STOXX 50 index dropped 0.5%. Gold stocks were little changed, up 0.1%.

Cotton continued its multi-week rise, gaining another 5.3%. Coffee also rose strongly, adding 2.7%. Crude oil saw the week's largest decline, falling 2.4%. Metals were mixed, with silver down 0.8% and palladium up 2.0%. Platinum was little changed, up 0.1%.

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Cryptocurrencies, national currencies, and equities were mostly lower this week, while bonds and commodities were mixed. The largest drops were in Ethereum and Bitcoin, which closed down 16.5% and 10.4% respectively. The largest gains were in cotton and platinum, which rose 1.9% and 1.5%.

The Euro fell more than any other national currency, giving up 2.1%, followed by the Canadian Dollar, which closed off 2.0%. The best performing currency was the Yen, which was little changed, up 0.1%. Bonds were mixed, with the long term TLT up 0.9%, while the short term SHY fell 0.9%. USD cash was down 1.2%.

After a brief pause the prior week, cryptocurrencies resumed their downward move. Ethereum rose early in the week, then dropped sharply, closing at 14 grams, off 16.5%. Bitcoin followed a similar path, ending the week at 178.5 grams, off 10.4%. Contributing to the declines were reports of a hack on Tuesday on the currency Verge. This attack, while technically fascinating, had no direct implications for Bitcoin, Ethereum, or most other cryptocurrencies; but that didn't stop it from adding to the general level of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.

All the major stock indexes closed lower; only the gold stocks managed a small gain, rising 0.2%. The European STOXX was hit hardest, dropping 3.5%. The S&P 500 closed down 0.9%.

Outside of the cryptos, commodities saw the biggest swings. Crude oil closed down 5.9%, the largest loss. Cotton had the largest gain, rising 1.9%. Platinum and palladium reversed their usual courses, with Pt rising 1.5% while Pd fell 1.5%. Silver gained 0.5%.

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