That 2020’s second quarter was the best since the fourth quarter of 1999 is old news, but what is eye-opening is how equity funds performed over that quarter, which started only a week after the year’s low on March 23.
Lipper’s FundMarket Research Report for Q2 found equity funds were up just over 20% on average. In Q1, the average equity fund had a 22.3% decline.
However, volatility has remained: The VIX, at 28, is still double what it was in February but much lower than its March high of nearly 83.
Outperforming the other six broad-based equity groups was Lipper’s U.S. Diversity Equity Funds macros classification (USDE), up 23.5%, followed by Sector Equity Funds (+23.3%) and World Sector Equity Funds (+22.5%). The USDE and Sector quarterly performances had their best quarter since Q3 1979.