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Winners and Losers.

Mutual Fund Education

Evaluating the Top 5 Winners and Laggards of 2017

David Dierking Jan 09, 2018


Many mutual funds also posted big gains in 2017, but not all. The industry, in general, is continuing to see net negative flows as ETFs keep taking away market share, but total mutual fund assets have been rising thanks to strong performances across most categories. Let’s take a look back at some of the best and worst performers of 2017.


Trends of 2017


Within the mutual fund industry, expenses remain the biggest theme. Fund companies continue to trim expense ratios in order to attract assets, with some of the biggest index funds charging 0.10% annually or less. The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule is also forcing many money managers and financial advisors to reshape their business practices in order to comply with the new mandate to offer cheaper products and greater transparency and simplicity to clients.

Learn more about the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule here.


Leaders of 2017



Click here to learn more about the current trends in mutual fund expenses.


Laggards of 2017



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The Bottom Line


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