Terrific Twos: The Top-Performing Two-Year-Old Funds

We thought we’d start continue up with the 130 U.S. equity funds which have passed their second anniversary but have not yet reached their third, which is when conventional trackers such as Morningstar and Lipper pick them up. As Charles has repeatedly demonstrated, the screener at MFO Premium allows you to answer odd and interesting questions. When markets are rising, everybody’s question is the same: who’s making the most?

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Best Launches This Year

There have been 555 US mutual fund and ETF launches this year.

Of the 94 global & international equity funds, here are the top performers in each: AlphaCentric Global Innovations I (GNXIX), Artisan Thematic (ARTTX), Davis Select Worldwide (DWLD), PNC EMs (PIEFX), Alpha Architect Value Momentum (VMOT), TOBAM EMs I (TBMIX) …

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Terrible Twos? The two-year-old funds which are most out-of-step with their peers …

We thought we’d start catching up with the 130 U.S. equity funds which have passed their second anniversary but have not yet reached their third, which is when conventional trackers such as Morningstar and Lipper pick them up. As Charles has repeatedly demonstrated, the screener at MFO Premium allows you to answer odd and interesting questions. I’ll try to look at several questions over the next week, starting with “which of these new funds might be badly miscategorized?”

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10 Perfect Funds and Other Observations Through October

TFS Funds is off to the dust bin … had been one of better performing families.

ArrowPoint is now ArrowMark (I believe over trademark infringement) and has always been Meridian Funds. The MFO Scorecard has been updated accordingly.

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No Losses Across 3-Year Rolling Periods

There are now nine equity funds at least 10 years old through September that have never incurred a negative return over any 3-year rolling period. There were only five last month. The four new funds just turned 10!

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MFO Premium Search Tools Webinars Recordings & Intro Charts

We’ve conducted our first-ever Zoom Webinars … three this month … all sessions generated positive feedback and follow-up … several questions in first session especially. As touted by chip, thought the process was easy, which bodes well for future sessions.

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Rondure and Grandeur Peak

I just finished the GP Annual Report and June quarterly letter.

Three highlights:

  • All of their strategies, except EM Opportunities (GPEOX/GPEIX), are substantially outperforming their benchmarks, YTD (through 6/30/17). In general, the lead is between 400 – 500 bps. The EM lag reflects the fund’s small cap orientation (it trails the EM Small benchmark by much less than the EM All benchmark, reflecting the generally softer performance of small caps), valuation concerns that led to an outsized cash position early in the year, and a few individual-issue problems. It remains a five star fund and a Great Owl.

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Nobody Loves a SPY

There are an interesting article in the WSJ today reporting that on Monday SPY, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, had its lowest trading volume in 11 years. 32 million shares changed hands, down from an average of about 80 million shares a day. Of necessity, that means that “sophisticated” investors sat out.

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Bull Market @101 Months!

The latest up-market cycle reached 101 months, from March 2009 to July 2017, inclusive … about 8.5 years.

Annualized return for SPY over that period: 17.8%, or just under 300% total return … for those wise, lucky and flush enough to invest at the bottom … and brave enough to hold.

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US Near 10,000 Funds!

We started rating Money Market funds this month. If for no other reason then to help track asset flows. Using similar reasoning, we also now include funds that are just one month old.

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