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This week’s best-performing sector was utilities, up 2.64%. This sector consists of companies like NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE:NEE), which was up over 3.50% for the week.
International Equities – Unlike the U.S., international markets were up this week, with the MSCI Developed Market Index gaining 0.22%, to close at 2,044. The MSCI Emerging Market Index had an increase of 0.52%, to close at 1,213. Japan’s Nikkei 225 also saw an increase this week of 0.97%, to close at 21,677.
Commodities – The commodities markets were all down this week with the exception of crude oil, which increased by $0.30 per barrel to close at $62.34. The price of gold decreased by $11 per troy ounce, to close at $1,311. Copper also decreased by $0.03, to close at $3.11.
Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields were all down this week, with the exception of the 2-year Treasury, which increased by 4 bps and now yields 2.30%. The 10-year Treasury yield fell by 4 bps and now yields 2.85%. The 30-year Treasury decreased by 8 bps and now yields 3.08%.
Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields also fell this week, with the exception of the 2-year AAA-rated bonds, which increased by 1 bps to yield 1.58%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds saw a decrease of 1 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds decreased by 3 bps to yield 3.09%. Municipal bond funds saw inflows of $263 million this week. The largest credit spread for the two-year securities increased to 72 bps for the week.
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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||Small Cap Growth Equities||3.55%||Osterweis Emerging Opportunity||OSTGX||7.25%||The fund's largest holding is Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH), which is up over 14% year-to-date.|
|International Equity||China Equities||3.19%||Matthews China Small Companies||MCSMX||6.37%||The Chinese markets were up this week, which is this fund's main focus.|
|Commodities||Broad Basket||-0.48%||PIMCO CommoditiesPLUS® Strategy P||PCLPX||1.05%||With commodities mostly down this week, this fund had a large portion in cash and bonds.|
|Taxable Bonds||Long Government||1.15%||DoubleLine Long Duration Total Ret Bd I||DBLDX||2.07%||With longer-term bond yields falling this week, this bond category saw the biggest gain.|
|Municipal Bonds||High Yield Municipal Bonds||0.15%||Pioneer High Income Municipal C||HICMX||0.62%||High-yield municipal bonds gained the most this week.|
One of the the fund’s largest holdings is MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA), which is up over 19% on a year-to-date basis.
Top 5 Performers
The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of March 16, 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 I||LDVIX||Large Growth||23.93%||1.74%||26.50%||$35||Technology|
|PRIMECAP Odyssey Aggressive Growth||POAGX||Mid-Cap Growth||17.39%||0.64%||33.60%||$10,600||Healthcare|
|Morgan Stanley Inst Growth I||MSEQX||Large Cap Growth Equities||16.19%||0.55%||51.30%||$4,740||Technology|
|Transamerica Capital Growth I||TFOIX||Large Cap Growth Equities||16.17%||0.96%||54.20%||$927||Technology|
|BlackRock Technology Opportunities Instl||BGSIX||Technology Equities||15.25%||1.22%||32.90%||$745||Technology|
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