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March 2020 Scorecard

Anchor Pacific’s March 2020 investment scorecard. See asset class performance, 3-year asset class risk and return, macro summary (key index levels and rates), and yield curves.

March 2020 Investment Snapshot
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Absolutely no bright spots performance-wise excepting US Treasuries, USD, and duration. The COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and the economic outcomes are highly uncertain with respect to timing and what things will look like after stabilization and the workforce returns. This sell-off has been the swiftest on record and absent emergency rate cuts, central bank liquidity, and a massive stimulus plan – things would have been much worse in both equities and bonds. The energy-related complex has been decimated, and the entire credit universe went no bid for most of the month as the post-crisis challenges with bond market liquidity came full circle. There was a massive unwind of leveraged positions as a result of blow-ups in risk parity trades and margin calls for holders of RMBS and CMBS. Owners of equities face highly uncertain near-term outcomes, with now the time to take a hard look at asset allocations, measure true liquidity within portfolios, and critically assess existing private strategies. The good news is that there is going to be a significant opportunity to achieve equity-like gains in many areas of the credit markets, especially in the structured markets where future distressed selling is likely to take place as more leverage gets unwound – we have significant experience with these sectors and are presently preparing to position client portfolios accordingly.


Summary of Returns


Positive returns for 1 of 20 asset classes

Top 3                       

  • US L-T Treasury Bonds +6.38% | Gold -0.22% | US Total Bond Market -0.53%

Bottom 3                 

  • Commodities -30.39% | US Small Cap Equities -21.48% | US REITs -19.39%

Canadian Markets

  • Equities -17.68% | Bonds -3.33% | IG Credit -7.28% | CAD -4.62%

Past 3 Months

Positive returns for 4 of 20 asset classes

Top 3                        

  • US L-T Treasury Bonds +22.15% | Gold +3.60% | US Total Bond Market +3.10%

Bottom 3                 

  • Commodities -42.63% | US Small Cap Equities -30.64% | Emerging Markets -24.42%

Canadian Markets

  • Equities -21.08% | Bonds -0.24% | IG Credit -4.99% | CAD -7.68%

Past 12 Months

Positive returns for 6 of 20 asset classes

Top 3                       

  • US L-T Treasury Bonds +33.38% | Gold +21.34% | US Total Bond Market +8.63%

Bottom 3                 

  • Commodities -41.69% | US Small Cap Equities -24.14% | Emerging Markets Broad -18.34%

Canadian Markets

  • Equities -14.39% | Bonds +2.87% | IG Credit -1.55% | CAD -4.44%


Macro Summary (Key Index Levels and Rates)

US Yields

  • 10 year Government 0.70% (43 bp lower)

  • 30 year Government 1.35% (30 bp lower)

  • Yield Curve (2-30) 112 bp (steeper by 33 bp)

  • High Yield spread 877 bp (wider by 373 bp)

Volatility (VIX): 53.54 (33.48% M-O-M, 288.53% from 3 months ago)

Oil: $20.48 (-54.24% M-O-M, -66.46% from 3 months ago)

Gold: $1604.65 (-1.33% M-O-M, 5.36% from 3 months ago)

USD / Euro: €0.91 (Euro stronger by 0.04% M-O-M, weaker by 1.64% from 3 months ago)

USD / Yen: ¥107.54 (Yen stronger by 0.50% M-O-M, stronger by 0.99% from 3 months ago)


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Anchor Pacific Investment Management Corp. (“Anchor Pacific”)  is a Vancouver, BC-based portfolio management firm, which leverages process, technology, and infrastructure to democratize the process of managing endowment and pension style investment portfolios to deliver innovative, high-touch, and transparent investment programs across the full spectrum of asset owners and investment consumers.

To learn more about how Anchor Pacific can help you shelter, protect, and grow your money, contact us at 604-336-9080 or


Aligned Capital Partners Inc. (“ACPI”) is a full-service investment dealer and a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (“CIPF”) and Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization ("CIRO"). Investment services are provided through Anchor Pacific Investments, an approved trade name of ACPI. Only investment-related products and services are offered through ACPI/Anchor Pacific Investments and covered by the CIPF. Financial planning and insurance services are provided through Anchor Pacific Wealth Management. Anchor Pacific Wealth Management is an independent company separate and distinct from ACPI/ Anchor Pacific Investments.

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