NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The last few weeks have been rough for equities and fixed income. The most notable decline has been the 20% decline in the Nikkei 225 Index in just 17 trading days. Interest rates have also moved up in the last few weeks on concerns of a so called tapering by the Fed which has hurt just about every type of yield oriented fund.For years now many market pundits have been calling for rates to normalize back to higher levels and when this occurs it will likely result in serious price declines. It is impossible to know whether that has started yet but the market is trading like it is possible. One segment that has been hit has been closed end funds. In the last three weeks the PowerShares CEF Income Composite Portfolio (PCEF) has dropped more than 7%.
Declines of this nature are a crash. Every so often segments like closed end funds, or MLPs, or preferred stocks and any other specialized segment go through violent selloffs and these selloffs always result in people realizing they did not understand the risk they were taking until after the large decline.