- 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 Infinity Q Diversified Alpha Investor (IQDAX).
- Emerging markets taxable 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 the utilities sector, which was down 2.65%. This sector consists of companies like NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), which was down 2.07% for the week.
International Equities – International markets were also down this week. The MSCI Developed Market Index fell 6.19%, to close at 1,992. The MSCI Emerging Market Index had a decrease of 7.14%, to close at 1,143. Japan’s Nikkei 225 also fell this week by 8.13% and closed at 21,383.
Commodities – Like the equity markets, the commodity sector was also down. Crude oil fell $6.25 per barrel to close at $59.20. The price of gold decreased $21 per troy ounce, to close at $1,313. Copper decreased by $0.15, to close at $3.03.
Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields were up this week, with the exception of the 2-year Treasury, which fell 7 bps to yield 2.07%. The 10-year Treasury yield increased by 1 bps, while the 30-year Treasury yield also jumped by 7 bps and now yields 3.16%.
Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields all saw decreases, with the 2-year AAA-rated bonds falling by 3 bps to now yield 1.55%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds saw a large decrease of 2 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds decreased 3 bps to yield 3.01%. Municipal bond funds saw another inflow for the fifth week in a row and grew by $621 million. The largest credit spread for the five-year securities shrank to 62 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||-3.90%||Baillie Gifford US Equity Growth I||BGGSX||1.15%||The fund's largest holding is Amazon.com Inc. (NYSE: AMZN), which is up over 18% YTD.|
|International Equity||Latin America Equities||0.03%||Fidelity Advisor® Latin America||FLATX||1.66%||The fund's second largest holding is Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NYSE:ITUB) which is up over 20% YTD.|
|Commodities||Broad Basket||-3.29%||Credit Suisse Commodity Acss Strat I||CFHIX||1.55%||With commodities falling this week, this fund was protected by staying in cash|
|Taxable Bonds||Emerging-Markets Taxable||0.93%||Guinness Atkinson Renminbi Yuan & Bond||GARBX||3.76%||With global interest rates rising, Chinese interest rates saw the biggest gains.|
|Municipal Bonds||National Munis||-0.17%||BlackRock Short-Term Municipal K||MPLMX||0.22%||With long term yields decreasing this week, short term munis saw the biggest gains.|
Performance Snapshot: Top Fund
With the markets tumbling this week, this fund was invested in alternative investments like interest rate swaps.
Top 5 Performers
The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of February 9, 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|
|Infinity Q Diversified Alpha Investor||IQDAX||Multialternative||4.84%||2.78%||71.4%||$ 172||Financial Services|
|Transamerica Capital Growth I||FOIX||Large Cap Growth Equities||4.36%||0.96%||52.4%||$ 883||Technology|
|Morgan Stanley Inst Growth I||MSEQX||Large Cap Growth Equities||4.32%||0.63%||49.4%||$ 4,610||Technology|
|Prudential Jennison Focused Growth Z||SPFZX||Large Cap Growth Equities||4.18%||1.18%||48.4%||$ 441||Technology|
|Leland Thomson Reuters Vntr Cptl Idx A||LDVAX||Large Blend||3.86%||1.99%||28.7%||$ 29||Technology|
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