Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: March 2

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Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: March 2

Brian Mathews Mar 02, 2017

  • U.S. markets hit all-time highs for the third week in a row, with the DJIA closing at 20,822.
  • The best-performing fund so far for 2017 is T. Rowe Price Global Technology (PRGTX).
  • India Equities is the best performing mutual fund subcategory based on 1-month return.
  • Make sure to check out the previous edition of the Weekly Roundup to keep track of changing trends.

Market Wrap-Up

The utility sector was the best-performing area for the week, up 4.13% and up 6.19% YTD. With bond yields dropping, investors may have been seeking yield from the utility sector, which typical pays a steady dividend.

Explore our Mutual Fund Education section to learn more about important mutual fund concepts.

International Equities – The MSCI Developed Index had a slight decrease of -0.13%, while the MSCI Emerging Index gained 0.51% for the week. Japan’s NIKKEI 225 declined -0.33% for the week and closed at 19,284.

Commodities – The commodity sector showed a slight gain, with oil increasing $0.63 per barrel and closing at $53.99 per barrel. The price of gold increased $17 per troy ounce to reach $1,257. On the other hand, copper had another decrease of $0.04 per pound and closed at $2.68.

Be sure to read our important tips on how to invest in the right commodity-based mutual fund.

Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields dropped across all maturities, with the 2-year maturity dropping 5 bps, the 10-year maturity dropping 10 bps and the 30-year maturity dropping 7 bps.

Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields all decreased across the board. Both the 2-year and 10-year AAA-rated yields dropped 8 bps while the 30-year AAA-rated yields dropped 9 bps.

For the seventh week in a row, municipal bond funds had an inflow of $186 million. Investors are still looking for tax-free income and are not too concerned with the effect of rising rates in the near term.

In this context, you can also read about essential tax tips for mutual funds, so that you are aware of key strategies to limit your tax burden.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund

This fund’s largest holding is in, Inc (CRM) that is up over 19% YTD.

Top 5 Performers

The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of February 24, 2017. Only those funds that are rated 5 stars by Morningstar and that generated YTD returns greater than that achieved by the S&P 500 are included.

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