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

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

How To Avoid Distributions and Build Tax Efficient Portfolios

At the end of every calendar year, many mutual fund managers distribute capital gains to shareholders, delivering tax implications that are equally painful for advisors and their clients. As an advisor, you’re tasked not only with helping your clients manage their investments, but also managing the tax implications of gains and losses from those investments. … Continued

How To Find the Best Mutual Funds

When putting together an investment portfolio, whether for yourself or on behalf of a client, fund selection is a pivotal exercise. Firstly, what is a mutual fund? Put plainly, a mutual fund is a pool of money from many investors that a fund manager(s) invests in stocks, bonds, and other securities. Investors buy shares of … Continued

Tax-Loss Harvesting Made Simple with YCharts

Tax-loss harvesting is a process, usually conducted annually, whereby investors seek to limit their portfolios’ capital gains taxes. Assuming you sold investments for a capital gain at some point in the year and will owe taxes on those gains, you may choose to sell other investments at a loss and offset the taxable income made … Continued