Q1 2022 Fund Flows: March Buyers Bring April Sellers?

2021 ended with double-digit returns by stocks for the sixth straight year in a row. Through one quarter of 2022, there is clearly a lot of ground to make up. The S&P 500 (^SPX) and Bloomberg US Aggregate (^BBUSATR) are off to a rocky start… A late Q1 rally by stocks lost steam in early … Continued

2021 Fund Flows: Fixed Income & Large Blend Win, Growth Loses

After bouncing back from a Q3 dip and fighting through volatility all year, the S&P 500 (^SPX) ended 2021 just below its all-time high. The index’s 28.7% total return continues quite a streak for stocks, making 2021 the fifth time in the last 6 years that the S&P 500 has posted double-digit returns.  Meanwhile, in … Continued

2008 vs. 2020: What Happens When the Federal Funds Rate is 0%?

During each of the fourteen Federal Open Market Committee meetings from March 2020 through June 2021, Chair Jerome Powell and committee members have decided to leave the federal funds rate unchanged, at a target range of 0% to 0.25%.  With inflation on the rise and unemployment falling, the Fed instead revealed their plan to increase … Continued