While it is no secret that New Years optimism and resolve has a tendency to fade to “would have, could have, should have” before even the kickoff of the Super Bowl; the start to the new market year would make even the worst procrastinator blush.
According to Bloomberg U.S. stock markets had “their worst weekly declines in more than four years” with the Dow Jones average having its worst opening five days to start a year, ever.
The catalyst was the markets in China, or more specifically the plight of the Chinese Yuan. Before Wall Street even had a chance to start the year, traders arrived Monday morning to the news that the Chinese market had suspended trading after a decline of nearly 7%.
At that point the rout was on.
In a replay of events that triggered nasty selloffs in global markets last August, once again the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) was forced to devalue the Yuan more than expected. A report surfaced midweek that suggested (dare I say leaked) the possibility of PBOC officials devaluing as much as 15% versus the U.S. Dollar. On Thursday makeshift Chinese market circuit breakers which kicked in at a 7% decline were triggered again, only this time took just forty-five minutes before trading was halted the rest of the day.
Oil prices continued a downward slide and finished the week below the $33 level.
Outside of fixed income and forex the only positive returns of ETFs tracked by BIA were Gold (GLD) up 4.9%, Silver (SLV) up 3.36% and the gold mining and junior mining ETFs gaining 8.45% and 7.5% respectively.
Sunday evening all eyes will again be focused on the opening of Asian and Chinese markets.
Wednesday’s economic news will bring the crude oil inventories report along with the Federal Reserve Beige Book report.
On the earnings front keep an eye out on financial behemoths JP Morgan on Wednesday and Citigroup Thursday as it is always interesting to listen for comments or potential nuggets regarding exposure to market turmoil going forward even if said turmoil picked up after the reporting period concluded.
|BIA Tracked ETF Performance week of January 4, 2016|
|10 yr Treasury Yield||^TNX||2.13%||2.27%|
|30yr Treusury Yield||^TYX||2.93%|
|MSCI – International||EFA||-6.45%||-0.99%|
|Currency Hedged Japan||HEWJ||-7.95%||9.65%|
|Curreny Hedged Europe||HEDJ||-7.12%||5.78%|
|Currency Hedged Emerging Mkt||HEEM||-6.55%||-10.07%|
|Short Term Treasury||SHY||0.24%||0.43%|
|3-7 yr Tsy||IEI||0.97%||1.63%|
|7-10 yr Tsy||IEF||1.48%||1.51%|
|20 yr Tsy||TLT||2.31%||-1.79%|
|Inflation Protected TSY||TIP||0.65%||-1.76%|
|Short Term Municipal||SHM||0.08%||1.20%|
|Investment Grade Corp||LQD||0.55%||-1.26%|
|1-3 yr corporate||CSJ||0.13%||0.63%|
|Junior Gold Miners||GDXJ||7.50%|
|Metals & Miners||XME||-7.42%||-50.53%|
|REITs (Real Estate Inv Trsts)||VNQ||-2.85%||2.43%|
|MLPs (Mastr Lmtd Prt)||AMLP||-8.80%||-27.32%|
|China A shares||ASHR||-13.76%|
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