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

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

Strong Start Boosts Confidence: Q1 2021 Fund Flows

With another year come and gone (in the case of 2020: hoorah!) and a new president inaugurated, 2021 leapt off the starting blocks with both a rising stock market and interest rates shooting higher. In response, assets flowed to equity and bond funds alike. The chart below shows that through the end of Q1 2021, … Continued