- U.S. equities saw declines this week.
- The best-performing fund for 2018 on a year-to-date basis is Copley (COPLX).
- Long Government Taxable Bonds is the best-performing mutual funds subcategory based on 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 down this week, the best-performing sector was energy, down only 0.10%. This sector consists of companies like Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM), which was up 2.25% for the week.
International Equities – The international markets were mixed this week, with the MSCI Developed Market Index up 0.67% to close at 2,013. The MSCI Emerging Market Index had a decrease of 0.59% to close at 1,162. Japan’s Nikkei 225 also saw an increase this week of 1.93% to close at 21,568.
Commodities – The commodities markets were all up this week, with the exception of crude oil, which fell by $2.88 per barrel to close at $62.06. The price of gold increased by $9 per troy ounce to close at $1,332. Copper prices also increased by $0.03 to close at $3.06.
Taxable Bonds – Treasury yields were all up this week, with the exception of the 2-year Treasury, which remained unchanged and is now yielding 2.27%. The 10-year Treasury yield gained by 3 bps and now yields 2.77%. The 30-year Treasury increased by 5 bps and now yields 3.02%.
Municipal Bonds – Municipal yields were mixed this week, with the 2-year AAA-rated bonds increasing by 5 bps to yield 1.73%. The 10-year AAA-rated bonds saw a decrease of 2 bps, while the 30-year AAA-rated bonds remained unchanged and yields 3.01%. Municipal bond funds saw outflows of $273 million this week, after four consecutive weeks of inflows. The largest credit spread for the two-year securities decreased to 54 bps for the week.
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Performance Snapshot: Top Fund Category
|Category||Top Subcategory||1-Month Subcategory Return (%)||Top Subcategory Performer||Ticker||1-Month Fund Return (%)||Performance Rationale|
|U.S. Equity Fund||Small Cap Value Equities||-2.23%||North Star Dividend I||NSDVX||0.91%||The fund's second-largest holding is American Software Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA), which is up over 12% year-to-date.|
|International Equity||India Equity||1.29%||Wasatch Emerging India Investor||WAINX||4.04%||With the Reserve Bank of India keeping key policy rates unchanged, the Indian stock market benefited the most this week among foreign counterparts.|
|Commodities||Broad Basket||-1.59%||Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy I||CFHIX||1.15%||With commodities mostly up this week, this fund benefited by having little exposure to oil, which was down this week.|
|Taxable Bonds||Long Government||2.49%||Vanguard Extended Duration Trs Idx Instl||VEDTX||3.94%||Longer maturity bonds saw the biggest gain this week.|
|Municipal Bonds||High Yield Municipal Bonds||0.66%||Oppenheimer Rochester® High Yld Muni Y||ORNYX||2.47%||High-yield municipal bonds gained the most this week.|
Performance Snapshot: Top Fund
One of the the fund’s largest holdings is NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), which is up 3.80% on a year-to-date basis.
Top 5 Performers
The following table provides the top-performing mutual funds on a YTD basis as of April 6, 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|
|Copley||COPLX||Large Cap Value Equities||11.44%||7.07%||67.3%||$ 93||Utilities|
|ClearBridge Select IS||LCSSX||Mid Cap Growth Equities||8.77%||2.02%||28.8%||$ 34||Technology|
|Virtus KAR Small-Cap Growth I||PXSGX||Small Cap Growth Equities||7.97%||1.25%||49.5%||$ 2,520||Technology|
|Leland Thomson Reuters Vntr Cptl Idx I||LDVIX||Large Blend||7.66%||1.74%||21.2%||$ 41||Technology|
|Jackson Square SMID-Cap Growth IS||DCGTX||Mid Cap Growth Equities||7.48%||0.93%||45.8%||$ 433||Technology|
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