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

The Best Performing Mutual Funds in Each Category and How to Find Them

When putting together an investment portfolio, whether for yourself or on behalf of a client, finding “best of breed” mutual funds is a worthwhile and pivotal exercise. As the universe of mutual funds continues to expand, better performing funds with optimized strategies and lower fees are always emerging. So how can advisors and investors find … Continued

Investing When Inflation Outpaces Interest Rates With Lyn Alden

FEATURING THE FOUNDER OF LYN ALDEN INVESTMENT STRATEGY, LYN ALDEN @LynAldenContact   One of my favorite ways to use YCharts is to keep track of various interest rates compared to various measures of inflation on one convenient chart. Historically, interest rates and inflation have often moved together, but things have been very different in 2021. We can … 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

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

Use Client-Friendly Comp Table PDFs to Compare Funds & SMAs

YCharts users have a new way to share their investment insights with clients! Data views built in Comp Tables—a tool that creates clean, formatted data tables using securities, metrics, and custom scores of your choosing—are now exportable as client and printer-friendly PDFs. Best of all, you can now have your company logo and custom disclosures … 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

Free Download: Breaking Down ESG & SRI Funds

Are you hearing from clients about investment strategies like Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), and Impact Investing? In our latest research report, we share valuable information and advanced insights about mutual funds and ETFs that employ ESG, SRI, and Impact strategies. Our findings help ensure that advisors, asset managers, and their … Continued

September Slump Cools Investor Expectations: Fund Flows in Q3 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic drove both equity and fixed income lower in the first quarter of 2020, a broad recovery took hold in the second and third quarters. Similarly, mutual fund flows continue to move toward bonds in record numbers. The chart below shows that through the end of Q3 2020, the S&P 500 Total … Continued