I'm always curious to learn and, in particular, learn about who's managing well across different environments since those strike me as candidates for long term holdings (though certainly not sure things). I ran a quick screen at Morningstar looking for funds that have top 15% returns over the past month (through 3/9/2020) and over the past three years as well.
Here's the code: fund / category / 4 week percentile rank / 36 month percentile rank / 36 month APR. In each category I took the fund with the lowest combined rank: a fund in the 1st percentile and 4th percentile would beat out a fund in the 5th percentile and 1st percentile (total 5 versus total 6). With more time, I would have done something more sophisticated.
Columbia Thermostat / 15-30% equity / 3 / 2 / 7.2%.
Madison Conservative Allocation / 30-50% equity / 1 / 9 / 5.3%.
Walden Balanced / 50-85% equity / 9 / 3 / 6.5%
PIMCO Stocks Plus Long Duration / 85%+ equity / 1 / 1/ 20%
ATAC Rotation / tactical allocation / 1 / 2/ 10.8%
Voya Global Perspectives / world allocation / 7 / 2 / 5.6%
iShares Edge MSCI Minimum Volatility USA / large blend / 4 / 1/ 10.9%
Akre Focus / large growth / 1 / 3 / 18.5%
BMO Low Volatility Equity / large value / 1 / 1 / 7.3%
ABR Dynamic Blend Equity & Volatility / long-short equity / 1 / 1/ 10.5%. Ummm ... up 20% in the past four weeks?
Infinity Q Diversified Alpha / multi-alternative / 1 / 2 / 7.7%
Government Street Mid-Cap / midcap blend / 5 / 2/ 6.6%
T Rowe Price New Horizons / midcap growth / 1 / 2 / 18.2%
Virtus KAR Mid-Cap Growth / midcap growth / 2 / 1 / 21.2%
Jensen Quality Value / midcap value / 3 / 2 / 4.0%. A sad reflection on the state of value investing
Calvert Small-Cap / small blend / 5 / 3 / 3.3%
Wasatch Ultra Growth / small growth / 5 / 2 / 21.3%
Camelot Excalibur Small Cap / small value / 1 / 5 / -0.4%. Eeek.
The ABR fund invests in the S&P500, VIX futures and cash. In low vol markets, it increases equity and in high vol markets, it increases exposure to the VIX. Expensive but it's sort of worked.
Akre is amazing. New Horizons, likewise. Columbia Thermostat keeps cropping up. Government Street Mid-Cap is tiny but excellent. The Virtus KAR folks are mostly closed, mostly really good.
Just some thoughts on what's been working a bit.