7 Best Asset Classes to Hedge Against Inflation

The US Inflation Rate reached 8.26% in April 2022, hovering around its highest level since “The Great Inflation” of the 1980s. US Core Inflation and Core CPI have not only topped 6% for the first time since September 1982, but each has remained above 6% for all of 2022 so far. Download Visual | Modify … Continued

YCharts Wrapped 2021: Our Most Searched For Pages

What a year 2021 was. From Reddit-fueled retail trading frenzies and crypto crazes to record-setting inflation and commodity rebounds (looking at you, oil), it was one of the best-performing years for US stocks on record, but also came with no shortage of headlines. With the constant flurry of news and noise that came investors’ way … Continued

Ben Carlson’s Favorite Charts of 2021

This post originally appeared on Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense. Follow Ben on Twitter @awealthofcs for more!  —— The U.S. stock market as a whole was basically devoid of volatility this year: Download Visual | Modify in YCharts In fact, out of the past 94 years of data, this year ranks as the 9th lowest peak-to-trough drawdown … 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

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