Frank Valle, CFA, CAIA
Senior Research Analyst
Diversification has been said to be the only free lunch in investments. Since the inception of the Lehman/Barclays/Bloomberg Aggregate index,¹ there have been only 18 of 187 quarters (9.6% frequency) with negative returns in both the bond and equity markets, as measured by the Aggregate and S&P 500 indices, respectively. Comparable results are seen in the monthly data: Of 561 months, only 83 times did both the fixed income and equity markets deliver a negative total return (15.2% frequency). Over the last 45+ years, there has never been a calendar year that recorded negative returns in both indices, though that looks likely to change this year.
This newsletter analyzes 2022’s equity and bond market performance and the importance of diversification and discipline amid such negative momentum.
¹Actual data goes back to 1986; backfilled data back to 1976
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