The Rieger Report: 500 Index Sectors – Final 2015 Results

The S&P 500 Bond Index sectors creates the opportunity to examine sector performance on both the stock and bonds issued by the companies in the S&P 500 Index.   The 2015 results: As expected corporate bonds were less volatile than their equity counterparts but they still suffered from the energy and materials onslaught.

Highlights (total returns used for comparability):

  • Of the ten sectors sampled, five equity sectors saw positive returns in 2015.
  • Bonds of the five sectors with negative performance did better than equities of those sectors.
  • Energy was the biggest mover with equities down over 21% and bonds of those same companies down over 8.6%.
  • Materials was also impacted hard in 2015 with equities down over 8.3% and bonds of those same companies down over 4.8%.

Chart 1: Selected S&P 500 sector indices for stocks and bonds

Blog Sectors 1 4 2015 Chart

Table 1: Selected S&P 500 sector indices for stocks and bonds

Blog Sectors 1 4 2015 Table

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