Spurred by hopes of tax reform, growth in corporate profits, a better-than-expected November nonfarm-payrolls report, and an economic environment that remained good for stocks, investors pushed the equity markets to the plus-side for December. And, for Q4 2017 the average equity fund posted a positive return of 4.85%, with Lipper’s U.S. Diversified Equity Funds macro-classification (+5.12%) moving to the top of the four major equity groups for the first quarter in four. In this segment I highlight the December, fourth quarter, and 2017 performance results for equity mutual funds and ETFs.
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