Strong Year for the Global Market Index


2019 was a huge year for most asset classes. The Global Market Index posted a hefty 21% gain assisted by U.S. stocks, which recorded an increase of 31%. The massive year for U.S. stocks continues a nice run and brings a return of over 11% per year over the last five years.

Only commodities show negative returns for the trailing five year period. U.S. REITs finished the year returning over 25% and continued performing well, returning 7% per year over the last five years.

The Capital Spectator, a website reporting the latest news in investing, economics, and asset allocation and reports on the GMI each month, reported a tough time for active asset strategies. “The benchmark’s robust increase of late is a reminder that active asset allocation strategies had a tough time keeping up with simple buy and hold benchmarks last year.”

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