Posted By Jacob Gifford Sunday, August 13 2017 at 11:30 AM If the past is an indicator, the above weak sectors are where we should be over-allocating a client's portfolio. I have found that the weakest fund sectors over trailing 5 year periods re-emerge as among the best over the following 5 year period. Happens every time and I've been doing this since 1982. Posted By Ed S Saturday, August 12 2017 at 10:27 AM I find articles of "best performing" or "worse performing" to be borderline useless. Typically all the funds on the list are the result of a surge or decline in one sector (energy, gold, tech etc) or another. One could almost predict the list just by monitoring the returns of most ETFs Posted By JerryV Thursday, August 10 2017 at 1:59 PM Comparing natural resource funds with an S&P 500 index fund is like comparing apples and car parts. It's easy to buy large cap, highly liquid stocks, so naturally S&P 500 index funds are significantly cheaper. Diversification often comes at a cost. Obviously, some funds in this list will be better than others, but the fact that U.S. equity has been the best-performing asset class for a number of years doesn't mean that the long-term value of diversification has gone away.