- U.S. equities, international equities and commodities all saw large declines this week.
- The best-performing fund for 2018 on a year-to-date basis is the Leland Thomson Reuters Venture Capital Index Fund (LDVAX).
- Latin American equities is the best-performing mutual funds subcategory based on the rolling-month returns.
- Make sure to check out the previous edition of the Weekly Roundup to keep track of changing trends in the mutual funds space.
With every sector of the market down this week, the least declining sector was this the telecommunications sector, which was down 1.28%. This sector consists of companies like AT&T Inc (NYSE:T), which was down 1.69% for the week.
International Equities – International markets were also down this week. The MSCI Developed Market Index fell 2.74%, to close at 2,124. The MSCI Emerging Index had a decrease of 3.29%, to close at 1,231. Japan’s Nikkei 225 also retreated this week by 1.51% and closed at 23,275.
Commodities – Like the equity markets, the commodity sector was also down. Crude oil fell $0.69 per barrel to close at $65.45. The price of gold decreased $18 per troy ounce, to close at $1,344. Copper decreased by $0.01, to close at $3.19.
Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields were up this week, with the 2-year Treasury gaining 2 bps to yield 2.14%. The 10-year Treasury yield increased by 18 bps, while the 30-year Treasury yield also jumped by 18 bps and now yields 3.09%.
Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields all saw increases, with the 2-year AAA-rated bonds gaining 4 bps to now yield 1.58%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds saw a large increase of 25 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds increased 18 bps to yield 3.04%. Municipal bond funds saw another inflow for the fourth week in a row and grew by $253 million in assets under management. The largest credit spread for the five-year securities shrank to 66 bps for the week.
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Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category
|Category||Top Subcategory||MTD Subcategory Return (%)||Top Subcategory Performer||Top Subcategory Performer||MTD Fund Return (%)||Performance Rationale|
|U.S. Equity Fund||Large Cap Growth Equities||7.22%||Quantified STF Investor||QSTAX||15.28%||The fund's invests in 2x the NASDAQ 100, which is still up for the year.|
|International Equity||Latin America Equities||13.03%||Fidelity Advisor® Latin America I||FLFIX||14.12%||The fund's second largest holding is Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NYSE:ITUB) which is up over 18% YTD.|
|Commodities||Broad Basket||2.47%||Credit Suisse Commodity Acss Strat I||CRCIX||4.99%||With commodities down this week, this fund was protected by having over 67% in bonds.|
|Taxable Bonds||Emerging-Markets Taxable||4.70%||Barings Emerging Markets Local Ccy Dbt I||BXLIX||6.62%||With global interest rates rising, emerging markets bonds managed to perform better compared to developed markets bonds.|
|Municipal Bonds||National Munis||-0.11%||Eaton Vance Floating-Rate Muni Inc I||EILMX||0.32%||WIth long-term yields increasing this week, floating rate instruments managed to post marginal gains.|
Performance Snapshot: Top Fund
The fund’s largest holding is in MasterCard (NYSE:MA), which is up over 8% for 2018.
Top 5 Performers
The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of February 2, 2018. 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.
|Name||Ticker||Category||YTD %||Net Expense Ratio||% of Assets in Top 10 Holdings||Total Assets $ (Millions)||Top Sector Invested|
|Leland Thomson Reuters Vntr Cptl Idx A||LDVAX||Large Blend||15.87%||1.99%||26.5%||$ 21||Technology|
|Oppenheimer Global Opportunities I||OGIIX||Global Equities||11.44%||0.73%||30.0%||$ 7,100||Technology|
|Equinox Chesapeake Strategy I||EQCHX||Managed Futures||10.86%||1.87%||46.9%||$ 106||Cash|
|PRIMECAP Odyssey Aggressive Growth||POAGX||Mid Cap Growth Equities||10.53%||0.64%||33.6%||$ 9,560||Healthcare|
|Prudential Jennison Global Opps Q||PRJQX||World Large Stock||10.41%||0.92%||42.2%||$ 625||Consumer Cyclical|