LONDON, June 26 Frontier stocks and bonds from
the euro zone's weaker government debtors yielded 20-30 percent
returns in the first six months of 2014, while Chinese shares
and copper languished at the bottom of the investment leagues.
Tentative economic improvements and support from the
European Central Bank has buoyed relatively high-yielding
peripheral debt this year, with Greek and Portuguese 10-year
bonds returning 27 and 23 percent respectively, outgunning
German and U.S. counterparts, according to the following graphic
on global asset performance in dollars:
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While gains in the second quarter slowed versus the first
three months of 2014, peripheral markets also benefited from the
ECB move to cut deposit rates into negative territory in order
to yank the euro bloc away from deflation.
Frontier stocks from African or Middle Eastern markets were
also the best performers in the second quarter of 2014, building
on the first quarter's 7.2 percent gain. These
markets tend to be less correlated with broader world markets.
The Reuters-Jefferies CRB commodity index, made up
of 19 key commodities, is up more than 11 percent.
Gold is up 9 percent after a 28 percent fall last year but
the lion's share of the gains came in the first quarter when the
Russia-Ukraine tensions brought in safe-haven buying.
The hunt for yield has supported emerging debt, with the
EMBI Global index of sovereign dollar bonds up just over 9
percent while local debt has yielded 5.6 percent.
However, concerns over China have weighed on sectors geared
towards the world's second biggest economy while Shanghai-listed
shares have lost 6 percent so far this year. Copper
is down more than 5 percent though it has recovered
after losing around 10 percent in the first quarter.
One of the top investments of 2013, Tokyo's Nikkei is down
around 2 percent this year, though it gained 5.7 percent on the
quarter. The yen is down over 3 percent to the greenback.
(Reporting by Sujata Rao; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)