HANDLS February Category Performance

February Category performance

The graph and table above provide return data for major income-oriented asset categories for the month of February 2023 and YTD 2023. Returns for each asset category are based on the returns of the constituent(s) in the Nasdaq HANDLSTM Base Index representing that category. Also included are returns for the Nasdaq 5HANDLTM Index, the Nasdaq 7HANDLTM Index and the Nasdaq 10HANDLTM Index.

Back to Earth

After a strong rally in January, both equity and fixed income markets took it on the chin in February. The Core Large Cap Equity category returned -4.0% as the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening policy drove concerns about a potential economic slowdown. On the fixed income side, ongoing inflation concerns pushed interest rates higher, dragging the Core Fixed Income category to a -2.8% return.

Every income-oriented category tracked by HANDLS Indexes produced negative returns in February. REITs (-5.8%) and Utilities (-5.7%), which tend to be highly sensitive to changes in interest rates, were the biggest laggards. At the other end of the spectrum, High Yield Bonds delivered the best returns, but still produced a -1.7% return as tightening credit spreads were not enough to offset rising interest rates.

The Nasdaq 5HANDL Index returned -2.8% for the month. The Nasdaq 7 HANDL Index, the 1.3x leveraged version of the index, returned -3.7% in February while the Nasdaq 10 HANDL Index, the 2.0x leveraged version of the index, delivered a -5.9% return.

On a year-to-date basis, Preferreds (8.5%) and MLPs (4.1%) led the pack through the end of February, with the latter continuing its strong performance from 2022. Utilities were down -7.6% through the end of February, as yield-hungry investors increasingly moved assets to cash and money market funds offering yields in excess of 4% with little risk.

The Nasdaq 5HANDL Index was up 1.7% year to date through the end of February, versus returns of 2.0% and 2.5% for the Nasdaq 7 HANDL Index and Nasdaq 10 HANDL Index, respectively.

Since inception category performance

HANDLS Indexes and Nasdaq  have pioneered a novel approach to meeting the very real income needs of investors that combines a systematic discipline, a strict adherence to monthly optimality and a foundation built on everything we know about modern portfolio theory:

  • Total Return is what matters.
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  • Yield is just a number. 

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