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The utility sector was this week’s top performing area, with a positive 1.30% return. With the stock market as a whole seeing red this week, investors tend to move into the utility sector as a defensive measure.
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International Equities – On the other hand, international equities did not suffer such big declines. The MSCI Developed Index had a slight decline of 0.04%, while the MSCI Emerging Index increased by 0.42% for the week. Japan’s NIKKEI 225 continues to fall for the second week in a row, down 1.33%, and closed at 19,263.
Commodities – The commodity sector was a mixed bag last week, with oil seeing a $0.81 decrease per barrel and closing at $47.97 per barrel. The price of gold increased by $18 per troy ounce to $1,248, while copper declined by $0.06 per pound to close at $2.63.
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Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields declined across all maturities for the second week in a row, with the two-year Treasury yield decreasing by 5 bps. The 10-year and 30-year Treasuries also saw decreases from last week, down by 9 bps and 10 bps, respectively.
Municipal Bonds – Like Treasuries, municipal yields also decreased, with the two-year AAA-rated municipal yield declining by 3 bps. The 10-year AAA-rated municipal decreased by 13 bps while the 30-year decreased by 10 bps. Reversing the past three week trend of fund outflows, muni bond funds showed inflows of $55 million for the week. This demonstrates some stability in this market segment after the recent round of interest rate hike caused uncertainties.
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|Category||Top Subcategory||1-Month Subcategory Return (%)||Top Subcategory Performer||Ticker||1-Month Fund Return (%)||Performance Rationale|
|U.S. Equity Fund||Large Cap Growth||-0.20%||JAG Large Cap Growth I||JLGIX||2.74%||This fund has over 39% in the technology sector, which is up over 10% YTD.|
|International Equity||India Equities||4.38%||Wasatch Emerging India Institutional||WIINX||6.16%||The fund invests in India-based companies. The BSE SENSEX Index is up over 10% YTD.|
|Commodities||Broad Basket||-3.91%||Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy I||CFHIX||-0.36%||Fund invests in commodity options and hedging strategies.With oil falling 17% YTD, this fund that invests in short-term bonds struggled to perform compared to other subcategory performers.|
|Taxable Bonds||Emerging Markets Bonds||0.65%||Barings Emerg Mkts Dbt Blnded Ttl Ret I||BXEIX||2.99%||Fund invests in bonds of emerging market countries, which have been less affected by interest rate hikes in the U.S.|
|Municipal Bonds||High Yield Municipal Bonds||0.33%||Oppenheimer Rochester® AMT-Free Munis A||OPTAX||2.54%||With bond yields falling this week, value of bond mutual funds increased.|
This fund’s largest holding is in MakeMyTrip Limited (MMYT), which is up more than 64% YTD.
Top 5 Performers
The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of March 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.
|Top-Performing Fund||Ticker||Category||YTD Return (%)||Net Expense Ratio (%)||% of Assets in Top 10 Holdings||Net Assets $ (Millions)||Top Sector Invested|
|Wasatch Emerging India Institutional||WIINX||India Equities||20.27%||2.00%||32.90%||$104||Financial Services|
|T. Rowe Price Global Technology||PRGTX||Global Equities||16.41%||0.90%||61.20%||$3,800||Technology|
|Oppenheimer Global Opportunities I||OGIIX||World Stock||16.17%||0.75%||31.50%||$4,080||Technology|
|Morgan Stanley Inst International Opp I||MIOIX||Foreign Large Cap Growth Equities||16.14%||1.34%||49.30%||$85||Technology|
|ICON Emerging Markets S||ICARX||Asia Pacific Equities||15.65%||1.85%||25.00%||$48||Financial Services|
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