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Asset Allocation February 2017

Markets continued to advance in February with the S&P 500 up 4% bringing the YTD performance to 5.6%. Emerging markets equities are the best performing asset class in 2017 up 8.7% while commodities are down -1.2%. The technology sector is the top performer in the S&P 500 up nearly 10% while energy and telecom are the only two sectors in the red down -5.7% and -2.9% respectively. The TSX 60 is up 1.2% with the two resource sectors at opposite ends of the spectrum. Materials are the top performer up 5.2% while energy is the worst sector down -6.6%. Looking at factor performance, it is surprising that defense seems to be trumping cyclicality. Growth stocks are outperforming value, low volatility is leading high beta and large caps have outperformed small caps by nearly 5% in the first two months. Russia and Italy are the only two MSCI Country indices in the red and Poland is the best performing market in the world up 16%.

In fixed income, Global High Yield is leading and the HY spreads of every sector have declined except for Consumer Staples. Spreads sit near 52 Week lows across the board. The US Dollar gained 1.6% in February and now is down -1% for the year. Precious metals are the top performer in the commodity complex up 10.5% with silver leading the way with an impressive 15% gain in 2017. Energy continues to struggle down over 10% YTD led by natural gas which is off 25%.

To see a full analysis of February and download a PDF, click here.

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