Is the Market Back to Normal? Q2 2021 Fund Flows

With increasingly available vaccines, businesses reopening, and most people eager to get out of their homes, Q2 saw a dramatic rise in the S&P 500, up 15.25% in 2021 through June. Meanwhile, the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate moved higher from its 2021 low but was still down 3.21% at the midway point of the year. … Continued

Today’s Wholesaler — An Asset, Guide & Consultant to Advisors

As the asset management industry continues to evolve, so do advisors’ expectations of the mutual fund wholesaler. With an emphasis on their fiduciary responsibilities to their client, financial advisors seek to provide the most value possible in a growing competitive landscape. While there are intricacies depending on your function as either a central office internal … Continued

How Mutual Fund Wholesalers Can Increase AUM Before, During & After Advisor Meetings

The role of a wholesaler has evolved with advisors no longer expecting a round of golf and a steak dinner. Instead, they want data-driven consultants who will bring value to their clients. To set yourself apart from the competition, you need to build a relationship with your prospects by first demonstrating that you are up-to-date … Continued

3 Ways Distribution Teams Collaborate & Win Assets with YCharts

Distribution teams have known for a long time, and well before covid-19, that more facetime with advisor-clients is key to success. While wholesalers are used to clearing hurdles to earn that facetime, work-from-home and virtual meetings are new and formidable challenges in their way. As advisors become increasingly hard to reach, distribution teams must become … Continued

How to Visually Explain the Rise in Treasury Yields

Treasury rates are on the rise, and yield-hungry investors are making moves to satisfy their appetites. The 20-Year and 30-Year US Treasury Rates are now higher than the S&P 500 dividend yield, but the opposite was true for most of 2020. Yielding slightly more than 2%, both these long-term rates are back to levels seen … Continued

2020 Fund Flows: Active vs Passive, Thematic ETFs & More

Since bottoming out on March 23, 2020, the S&P 500 has climbed 75% on a total return basis, and the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate is nearly 6% off its low. Momentum in stocks has continued through January 2021, but recent jumps in Treasury Rates have slowed price appreciation of investment-grade fixed income. The calendar no … Continued

Making Tax-Loss Harvesting Easy with YCharts

As year-end approaches, nearly every advisor is thinking about taxes for their clients; how to harvest losses and maximize after-tax returns. With YCharts, help advisors think through their tax-loss harvesting process, making sure it is efficient and collaborative.  First, use YCharts Comp Tables to identify a portfolio’s losers — which funds have sold off this … Continued

YCharts Adds SMA Data to Enable Wholesalers

Separately Managed Accounts have been added to the YCharts platform, providing wholesalers with a centralized, researchable database of nearly 10,000 SMAs. Combining SMA data with YCharts’ existing research and communication tools, wholesalers can now leverage YCharts to discuss SMAs with their clients and prospects, in the same way they do for Mutual Funds, ETFs, Closed … 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

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