Q2 2022 Fund Flows: Short-Duration Bonds & A Gamble on Alts

Through Q2 2022, the S&P 500 (^SPX) and Bloomberg US Aggregate (^BBUSATR) plummeted even further to be down 16.06% and 8.99% year-to-date, respectively. Inflation isn’t doing stocks or bonds any favors and continues to climb despite the Fed’s rate hikes.  Looking back at asset flows data from Q1, it appeared that many investors tried to … Continued

The Best Performing Dividend ETFs & How to Find Them

The “bird-in-hand” theory suggests that, due to uncertainty of the future, investors prefer stock dividends to potential capital gains. While good in principle, that’s not always the case in practice. So if you value a bird in the hand, but at the same time want a chance at those in the bush, what investment vehicles … 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

Fixed Income, Equity-Blend Funds Top Q3 2021 Fund Flows

The chart below shows that through the end of Q3 2021, the S&P 500 (^SPXTR) was up 15.9% including dividends, the Bloomberg US Aggregate (^BBUSATR) fell 1.6%, and the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate (^BBGATR) dropped about 4.1%. Mostly moving in tandem, US bonds diverged from their global counterpart in early Q3, refusing to go lower … Continued

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