You knew this of course, but here's a measure of confirmation:
Stocks and bonds both lose money in 1st quarter
By Paul J. Lim
The New York Times
It's why investors are taught to diversify: When one asset class falls, others are expected to rise, thereby safeguarding portfolios from across-the-board losses. But in the first three months of 2005, stock and bond funds lost money in lock step for the first quarter in eight years.
For stock funds, the quarter was the worst period of performance in two years. Yet bond funds offered little portfolio protection, as they lost money for only the second quarter since the Internet bubble burst in 2000.
"Nothing worked," said Joseph Quinlan, chief market strategist at Bank of America's Investment Strategies Group, noting that stock and bond investors feared rising inflation, interest rates and oil prices.
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The big blow for diversified investors was that bond funds also fared poorly during this stretch, as long-term interest rates finally began to respond to short-term rate increases by the Federal Reserve Board that started last summer.
The yield on 10-year Treasury notes, for instance, was 4.5 percent at the end of the quarter, up from 4.22 percent at the start of the year. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions, so the average taxable fixed-income portfolio slipped 0.7 percent as prices slumped on older, lower-yielding bonds.
A risky segment of the fixed-income universe fared among the worst: High-yield bond funds lost 1.5 percent on average. Emerging-market bond funds fell 1.1 percent.
One of the few bright spots among bond funds were so-called bank loan funds, a niche category of portfolios that invest in floating-rate debt and therefore perform better in times of rising interest rates. The average bank loan fund was up 1.2 percent in the quarter.
Quinlan predicted "continued rough sledding" for investors in coming months, especially because there is no consensus on a good place for them to put their money.
what to do, what to do. Nothing, I expect ...