Are Wholesalers Giving Advisors What They Really Want?

The role of the modern-day wholesaler has drastically evolved over the last few years. In the past, externals would rattle off facts about their best funds, drop off a fact sheet, then hit the golf course with advisors.  Today, advisors are expecting more. Their time is as valuable as ever and previous tactics aren’t cutting … Continued

Q3 2022 Fund Flows: Investors Sound the Recession Alarm, Move into Money Markets, Flee Fixed Income

In the third quarter of 2022, we saw: the Federal Reserve hike rates twice by 75 basis points, the U.S. 10-Year Treasury Rate increase from a low of 2.6% in August to nearly 4% by the end of September, and the 30-Year Mortgage Rate tick up drastically from 5 to nearly 7%.  The VIX has … Continued

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

Wholesaler Perspective | Identifying Tax Loss Harvesting Opportunities

Through the first half of 2022, financial markets have experienced painfully historic drawdowns caused by surging inflation and the Fed’s aggressive response, geopolitical impacts from the Ukraine war, and global supply chain issues. Advisors and their clients’ portfolios are being hit in a similar fashion, with a typical 60% stock, 40% bond portfolio delivering less … 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. The exercise of finding the best-performing mutual … 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

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