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Zoom Out to 1 Year
Lately, daily volatility in markets has been extreme. To see things more clearly, I think it helps to "zoom out" and look at a longer period such as the trailing 1 year.
This table shows the constituents of #prp and total returns (including dividends) on a CAD basis, according to Stockcharts:
|Asset / ETF||1 Year|
|XIU (TSX 60 stock index)||-22.64%|
|ZSP (S&P 500 index)||-9.87%|
|XBB (broad bonds)||+0.64%|
|MNT (gold bullion)||+21.74%|
Stocks: While Canada's TSX index is down very sharply over 1 year, the S&P 500 index (in CAD terms) is only down mildly. The US Dollar has increased versus CAD, which dampens the decline in the S&P 500.
Bonds: The one year return is about flat, despite rather extreme bond volatility over the last month.
Gold: Up significantly over the last year.
Where does this leave us?
The recent stock market crash has been horrifying to watch. However, if you "zoom out" a bit and look at the last year, the numbers don't look as horrifying — especially if one diversifies beyond just stocks.
— Jem Berkes