New Product Announcement: Dynamic Model Portfolios

We’re excited to announce Dynamic Model Portfolios as the latest addition to the YCharts platform. This game-changing enhancement to YCharts Model Portfolios, one of our most powerful tools, enables improved analysis and provides even more ways to communicate your strengths as an investment advisor. With new Dynamic Model Portfolios, you’re able to present and discuss … Continued

September Slump Cools Investor Expectations: Fund Flows in Q3 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic drove both equity and fixed income lower in the first quarter of 2020, a broad recovery took hold in the second and third quarters. Similarly, mutual fund flows continue to move toward bonds in record numbers. The chart below shows that through the end of Q3 2020, the S&P 500 Total … Continued

New on YCharts: Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) Data

Separately managed accounts (SMAs) can offer investors more transparency, control and strategy customization than mutual funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs). Also called ‘individually managed accounts’ or simply ‘separate accounts’, SMAs are investment vehicles made up of individual holdings and overseen by an asset management firm. Unlike mutual funds or ETFs, separate accounts provide investors … Continued

How to Find and Compare Dividend ETFs

Dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) are structured to invest in a basket of stocks with above average dividend yields. Because companies that offer the best dividend yields are often large and stable “blue chips,” dividend ETFs can also add balance to portfolios during times of uncertainty. Most strategies that emphasize investment income will incorporate dividends … Continued

Survey Results: Pandemic, Volatility Push Advisors to Rethink Portfolio Management

Portfolio management has long been a cornerstone of relationships between financial advisors and their clients. During a global pandemic, a record-speed market downturn, followed by a record recovery, clients take special note of their portfolio’s performance—and their advisor’s advice. However, over the past decade’s bull market, client needs have evolved, holistic planning has become a … Continued

Value vs Growth Stocks: Which Is Right for You?

While there’s plenty of debate about value vs. growth stocks, or value funds vs. growth funds, it’s difficult to argue that one is superior to the other, though many have tried. Growth investors look for companies that are yet to reach scale or their full growth potential, and value investors try to identify companies they … Continued

Economic Update — Reviewing Q2 2020

The first quarter of 2020 was one of the worst on record for the US stock market, but the second quarter proved to be one of the best. In Q2, the S&P 500 was up 20.5%, the Dow climbed 18.5%, and Nasdaq Composite gained a staggering 30.9% on a total return basis. After the market’s … Continued

Where Are Investors Placing Recovery Bets? Reviewing Fund Flows in Q2 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, the covid-19 pandemic impacted both equity and fixed income markets, with the S&P 500 Total Return (^SPXTR) down 19.6% and the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate (^BBUSATR) 3.2% higher through the end of Q1. However, it’s been a different narrative since the market bottomed-out in the final weeks of March. … Continued

YCharts 101 For Mutual Fund Wholesalers

Just like different investing strategies, investment research and sales tools come in a range of shapes and sizes. When searching for a solution that meets your needs, you’ll likely consider ease of use, research capabilities, customization features and affordability, among other factors. YCharts combines all of the above—a modern and intuitive interface, high horsepower tools, … Continued

White Paper: Portfolios, Risk & COVID-19

No one could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic or devastating market collapse it caused, but could investors have been better prepared? While the record-length bull market from 2009-2020 rewarded many investors, it also caused complacency and set deceivingly low expectations for portfolio risk. This market crisis is unique in that a historically fast market sell-off … Continued