Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: August 31

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Mutual Funds Weekly Roundup: August 31

Brian Mathews Aug 31, 2017

  • U.S. equities return to the positive this week.
  • The best-performing fund so far for 2017 continues to be the Neuberger Berman Greater China Eq Instl (NCEIX).
  • Latin America Equities is the best-performing mutual fund subcategory based on the rolling month.

Market Wrap-Up

The real estate sector was this week’s top-performing area, up 2.26%. The sector consists of real estate companies like American Tower Corporation (AMT) and Simon Properties Group (SPG), which were up 3.43% and 1.06% for the week, respectively.

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

International Equities – International markets also gained, with the exception of the Nikkei. The MSCI Developed Index increased of 0.61% to close at 1,928. The MSCI Emerging Index had the largest increase of 2.46% for the week and still remains the best-performing index on a year-to-date basis, up 28.23%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 saw another week of decline, falling 0.09% to close at 19,453.

Commodities – The commodity sector saw gains except for crude oil, which declined $0.64 per barrel and closed at $47.87 per barrel. The price of gold increased $7 per troy ounce to close at $1,293. Copper was also up for the week, increasing by $0.09 to close at $3.03.

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Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields all fell this week, besides the 2-year Treasury, which gained 2 bps to yield 1.33%. The 10-year Treasury yield fell 2 bps, while the 30-year Treasury yield decreased 3 bps to 2.75%.

Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields fell across all maturities this week, with the 2-year AAA-rated bonds decreasing 1 bps. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds declined 2 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bond fell 2 bps to yield 2.75%. Municipal bond funds saw outflows of $763 million, snapping a five week inflow trend. The largest credit spread among Treasury and muni bonds increased by 1 bps to 61 bps for the 5-year securities.

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category

Performance Snapshot: Top Fund

The fund’s largest holding is in Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG:0700), which is up over 70% on a year-to-date basis and around 6% for the trailing one-month.

Top 5 Performers

The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of August 25, 2017. Only those funds that are rated five stars by Morningstar and that generated YTD returns greater than or equal to that achieved by the S&P 500 are included.

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