Global Markets Update: Monday, August 20, 2012

Real Estate continues to lead the major asset classes, with a total return of 17.56% this year, while US Stocks are in second, with a total return of 14.31%.

Stocks around the world were somewhat mixed last week:
  • The World was up 0.7% last week, with the US up 0.5% and the World x US up 0.9%.
  • Emerging Markets were down 0.8% last week, with Emerging Europe the worst down 4.5%.
  • Developed Europe was up 0.9% last week, with Italy up 3.5%, France up 1.4%, and Germany up 1.3%.
  • Technology moved ahead of Telecom last week in the US sector space after rising 2.3%.  Technology now sits up 20.3% in 2012, with Telecom up 18.5%.
  • Energy is no longer in last place for the year, as Utilities dropped 1.5% last week leaving it up only 2.4% for the year, while Energy is now up 3.9% in 2012.
  • Large Cap Growth continues to be the style box leading in the US this year, up 13.9%; however, Mid Cap Value has dropped below Small Cap Value as the laggard for the year, up 10.6%.

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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