7 Best Asset Classes to Hedge Against Inflation

The US Inflation Rate reached 8.26% in April 2022, hovering around its highest level since “The Great Inflation” of the 1980s. US Core Inflation and Core CPI have not only topped 6% for the first time since September 1982, but each has remained above 6% for all of 2022 so far. Download Visual | Modify … Continued

The Best Bond ETFs: A Complete Guide

Many of us first encountered fixed income not through bond ETFs, but rather the physical savings bonds that were gifted to us as kids (thank you, Aunt Judy). Although bond ETFs and savings bonds are a bit different, advisors know fixed income’s consistent payments and low correlation to stocks are vital to a well-balanced investment … Continued

Twitter, Floating Rate Bonds, Fed Rate Hikes | What’s Trending on YCharts?

What’s Trending on YCharts?  pulls back the cover on YCharts data to reveal the stocks, funds, and economic indicators that people are searching for most (on both YCharts and Google). In April 2022, trending topics included Twitter and Elon Musk’s acquisition, floating rate (or bank loan) ETFs, and several treasury yields in light of the … Continued

What’s the S&P 500 Without Its FAANGs?

Given the sheer size of “mega cap stocks”—being Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOG & GOOGL), Meta Platforms (FB), Tesla (TSLA), NVIDIA (NVDA), and formerly Netflix (NFLX)—most portfolios carry noteworthy exposure to these companies.  And so it’s worth asking: how would the S&P 500, and most of our portfolios, have performed without these … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: April 2022

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we review and break down the most important market trends for advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Market Wrap sent straight to your inbox? … Continued

Monthly Canada Market Wrap: April 2022

Welcome back to the Canadian Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts! Here, we break down the most important market trends for Canada-based advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Canada Market Wrap sent straight to your … Continued

The Risks & Rewards of Leaning into Mega Caps

There are over 29,000 individual stocks listed in the YCharts stock universe. But what if we told you that a typical investor portfolio has as much as one-eighth of its entire value riding on just eight companies? Given the sheer size of the Mega Cap Stocks—those companies being Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix … Continued

How Oil and Gas Prices Impact the Economy

Since 2000, gas prices have exhibited a generally upward trend, with a few major pullbacks, and have also become increasingly volatile. It begs the question: why are gas prices going up all of a sudden? Lately, the conflict between Russia & Ukraine, rising inflation, and a global economic rebound are all combining to drive oil … Continued

Economic Update — Reviewing Q1 2022

The post-pandemic stock market rally came to a sobering halt in the first quarter of 2022. All three major US indices fell by double digit percentage points at some point in Q1. The Dow ended the first quarter of 2022 4.6% lower, the S&P 500 finished Q1 down 5%, and the NASDAQ was off 9.1% … Continued

Inverted Yield Curve, Chinese Stocks, Bond ETF Yields | What’s Trending on YCharts?

Every month, What’s Trending on YCharts?  takes a look at the traffic to different pages on YCharts and reveals the stocks, funds, and economic indicator pages that are being searched for most (on both YCharts and Google). In March 2022, trending data included the 10-2 Year Yield Spread, which recently and briefly inverted, Alibaba (BABA) and … Continued