A Good Quarter for Fund Investors
If you held onto a mutual fund throughout the third quarter, it is likely that you made money. Almost every category we track had an average positive return last quarter. The sole exception was contra stock market mutual funds that bet against the stock market; they lost 8.1% on average, as would be expected for a period when the major indexes rose.
Stock funds mostly outperformed their bond counterparts. Two equity categories posted double-digit gains and a third stock fund category was just shy of a 10% gain. Many bond fund categories posted more modest returns. Four bond categories had returns of 1.0% or less—still positive, but not by much.