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

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

Scatter Plot: Dynamic Storytelling for Funds, ETFs & Portfolios

With YCharts’ new Scatter Plot, asset managers and advisors are empowered to take their visual analysis and presentations to the next level. Scatter Plots enable you to plot any of YCharts’ 4,000+ calculated metrics for funds, stocks, and portfolios, and also communicate to clients how funds or portfolios stack up against each other and their … Continued

Fund Flows Review: August 2021

Welcome to the first edition of Fund Flows Review from YCharts, a monthly series in which we’ll use asset flows to better understand market trends and momentum. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media.  Watch our key takeaways from mutual fund and ETF flows … Continued

Can Active Management Still Add Alpha?

A unique approach to the age-old active versus passive management debate. Executive Summary Selecting the correct asset class tilt is ~10X as important as deciding whether to invest in Active vs. Passive Funds. (TABLE 1) Actively managed funds outperform passively managed funds by ~2 percentage points per annum, on average. (TABLE 2) Over the last … Continued