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The best and worst performing assets of 2016

As we are more than halfway through the penultimate trading session of 2016, it is a good time to reminisce on the year that has been and what have been the biggest gainers and losers since the turn of the year. 


Amongst the major currencies the Brazilian Real has been a clear winner and appreciated more than 20% on a trade weighted basis. The rise in the South African Rand is also noteworthy and risen by more than 10%. 

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 Politics can account for the two worst performers with the Brexit vote and US election accounting for the 17% declines in the British Pound and Mexican Peso respectively. 


Oil has been a stand out performer in the commodity space despite trading down to its lowest level in over a decade at the start of the year. Oil.WTI and Brent Oil have risen by 45 and 49% respectively. 

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 Gold has still manage to post fair size returns of 7%, whilst Silver is higher by 14%. Both these precious metals experienced a year of two halves; with strong gains seen until shortly after the Brexit vote and then some sizeable selling into year-end.

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 Wheat is the worst performing commodity of those selected by a distance and has declined by 13% in 2016. 

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