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Do Commodities Add Value to Portfolio Performance?

Nicholas Reynolds, Assistant Vice President & Portfolio Manager

The annual performance of commodities since 2011 has been negative (with the exception of 2016), and has led some investors to question if commodities will continue to decline in the future. Furthermore, portfolio managers have discussed and debated if the inclusion of commodities as part of a diversified portfolio will continue to be a drag on portfolio performance going forward. At Washington Trust Bank, we invest in commodities futures as part of our growth assets within a diversified portfolio in an attempt to increase risk-adjusted return over the long term.


The Greatest Risk Facing the International Banking System

Richard Cloutier, Jr., CFA, Vice President & Chief Investment Strategist

There are a number of threats facing the international banking system, including new technology that circumvents the established banking system (e.g. Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and PayPal), cyber threats, and cryptocurrencies that bypass central banks and monetary authorities. However, the greatest risk facing the international banking system today is the amount of debt that has been accumulated around the globe.


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