Market insights and analysis

How dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment

2nd Quarter | 2023

Quarterly recap



Current market environment performance of dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions.

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U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 increased 3.95%, the NASDAQ Composite was up 2.24%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.72%.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 0.77% and the U.S. Dollar Index lost 1.12%.

Reversal alert

Last week, gold prices continued moving up from the “double bottom” formation that signaled a coming reversal.

The major market indexes finished higher last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.9%, the S&P 500 Index rose 4.7%, the NASDAQ Composite climbed 5.2%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index picked up 3.5%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 20 basis points to 4.222%, sending bond prices lower for the week. Gold futures closed at $1,656.30, up $7.40 per ounce, or 0.45%.

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U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 4.74%, the NASDAQ Composite went up 5.22%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.89%.

Last week, the gold spot price increased by 0.8% and the U.S. Dollar Index was down by 1.15%.

Double bottom

Gold prices declined to the previous low set in September, forming a double bottom at around $1,620 per ounce.

Inflation continued to be the major factor affecting markets in the third quarter. The second quarter saw the largest interest-rate increases in recent memory. The third quarter saw the continuation of those increases.

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U.S. equity markets posted gains in one of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 fell 1.55%, the NASDAQ Composite lost 3.11%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.15%.

Last week, the gold spot price decreased by 2.97% and the U.S. Dollar Index increased by 0.46%.

Inflation spreads

Gold prices retraced back to the resistance/support line, closing last week at $1,648.90 per ounce.

September ETF Deathwatch contains 499 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

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The major U.S. stock market indexes rose slightly last week after experiencing significant declines. The Russell 2000 was the best performer, rising 2.25%. The NASDAQ Composite was the worst performer, increasing by 0.73%. The S&P 500 gained 1.51% as the market found some relief from heavy selling. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 5 basis points to 3.88%, continuing a run-up that began on August 1. Spot gold closed the week at $1,694.82, up 2.06%.

Last week, the gold spot price gained 2.06% and the U.S. Dollar Index increased 0.6%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week.

First signal

Last week, gold prices broke through the resistance line, indicating a reversal of trend to the upside as they climbed toward their 50-day moving average.

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August ETF Deathwatch contains 465 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

In July, 20 exchange-traded products (“ETPs”) were added to the ETF Deathwatch list and 31 were removed, bringing the total to 466.

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“Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” How often that phrase has been quoted since Ben Franklin penned it in a letter to his friend, the French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy, in the midst of the French Revolution.

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