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This week, Cut the Crap Investing founder Dale Roberts shares financial headlines and offers context for Canadian investors.

The first half of 2022 asset scorecard—not good

The S&P 500 entered a bear market last month and recorded its worst first half since 1962, down 20.6%. The NASDAQ fell almost 30%, while the S&P/TSX Composite ended the first six months down 11%. 

And of course, there was no safety in bonds. Thanks to rising rates, bonds did not go up in price as stocks got crushed. Central bankers turned hawkish to combat inflation. Yields on global bonds rose from an average of 1.3% on January 1, 2022 to 3% by the end of June, leading to a 14% drop in global bond returns. 

Here’s a table outlining the returns for Canadian sectors, factors and bonds. You’ll also find broad international equity markets for comparison. All are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD). 

Source: Mercer / Refinitiv 

As for U.S. sectors, you’ll find these in this Liz Sonders tweet…

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