Special Topic: A Means of Mitigating Fund Losses in Turbulent Markets

Published on 13 Jan 2009, by Tom Roseen
In 2008 equity funds posted their worst one-year return (-39.54%) in Lipper’s database, which began in 1959. For this paper we compared and contrasted returns of open-end mutual funds screened on Lipper’s three-year Preservation rating to see if higher-rated funds (those with ratings of 4 or 5) mitigated losses better than lower-rated funds (those with ratings of 1 or 2) during this very volatile market period.