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

How Do Investors React in a Crisis? Fund Flows Might Hold The Answer

Despite the best efforts of Wall Street analysts and market commentators, the fates of the US economy, stock and fixed income markets are largely unknown. More than anything, investors are looking for answers. When uncertainty about the future is high, as it is now, forecasts and estimates can be given only so much weight. To … Continued