Best of 2011: Where is the bull market now?

The stock markets around the globe continue to be volatile after the S&P 500 index dropped more than 20% in August from the July peak. As we said in our earlier post, the stock market continues to be in a bearish downtrend. Today’s news about the weakness of the German economy and the disappointment about the impact of the meeting of the French and German leaders kept the market in negative territory.

A Wall Street adage says, “There is a bull market somewhere”. The smart money always seems to find its way away from declining assets into areas of growth. So where is the smart money now?

To answer the smart money question we ran the following screen: identify Fidelity mutual funds, which are uptrending (the net asset value is above the 100-day moving average) and continue to show positive results for the year. The results may surprise you.

Best investments of 2011

The best performing Fidelity mutual fund of 2011, as of August 16, using this criteria is by far the Fidelity Inflation-Protected Bond fund (FINPX), which is up 9.45% for the year:

Fidelity funds: best of 2011

The Fidelity Inflation-Protected Bond fund (FINPX) is up 9.45% year-to-date.

Another great performer is the Fidelity Spartan Long-Term Treasury Bond Index fund (FLBAX), which is up 6.57% year-to-date. The recent surge in the price of FLBAX shows the flight to quality, as investors rotated out of stocks in the recent market turmoil.

The Fidelity Spartan Long-Term Treasury Bond Index fund (FLBAX) is up 6.57% year-to-date.

The Fidelity Spartan Long-Term Treasury Bond Index fund (FLBAX) is up 6.57% year-to-date.


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