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Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - June 26, 2013

Published on 28 Jun 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
With U.S. equity markets last Friday closing down for four of the last five weeks, it was clear that investors continued to be spooked by the thought of “tapering” by the Federal Reserve. The hope that Chairman Bernanke’s recent press conference would calm nerves fell flat as the S&P 500 experienced this past week its largest two-day drop since last November. The concern seemed that it would be short lived, since on Monday the Dow was able to rebound nearly 473 points from its mid-day low. This was driven by upbeat economic news as well as tamer reiterations from the Fed that any pullback of quantitative easing would be based on the economic outlook, which may not be as great as it had previously suggested. Unfortunately, this late rally in stocks did not deter investors from pulling back some of their fund exposure.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - June 12, 2013

Published on 14 Jun 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
With little news during the week on earnings or new economic numbers, many investors were stuck picking up the pieces, looking toward June 19, when the next Fed meeting takes place. As a result, continued choppiness in the equity markets kept many fund investors on edge; U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) (excluding money market funds) reported net outflows of $7.7 billion for the week ended June 13.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - April 10, 2013

Published on 12 Apr 2013, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Equity mutual fund investors continued to sock money away, but equity ETF owners had a very different view.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - March 6, 2013

Published on 08 Mar 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
With the second month of the year behind us, things seemed to be continuing to move in the right direction in terms of both the economy and the financial markets. Although most stocks did not provide as strong returns as in January, year-to-date performance through February stood at roughly 6% for the broader U.S. equity indices. On generally good employment news, the upwardly revised Q4 2012 GDP numbers, and strong exports out of China, investors continued to show confidence by pushing markets to new highs. Initial concerns over the enactment of sequestration on March 1 were pushed to the wayside as the Dow closed at an all-time high on Tuesday, March 5. General feelings of optimism paved the way for continued strength in fund flows; investors injected roughly $10.8 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the week.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - February 13, 2013

Published on 15 Feb 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
After a quick pop in the market late last week on stronger economic numbers at home and in China, investors seemed to be sitting on their hands as most U.S. indices moved sideways during and after the run-up to President Obama’s first second-term State of the Union address. Despite the general pause, investors continued to allocate new money to the funds business. For the week ending February 13, 2013, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) (excluding money market funds) reported net inflows of $4.4 billion.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - January 16, 2013

Published on 18 Jan 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
Investors continued to show optimism in the global equity markets as better than expected export news out of China and continued weakness in the Japanese yen boosted Asian indices. With a strong Q4 earnings season kickoff at home, the U.S. markets joined suit; the S&P 500 index added just over three-quarters of a percentage point for the week ending Wednesday, January 16. Combine the 3%-plus returns we have seen so far this year with the previous week’s large equity fund flows, and one would expect the perfect recipe for continued buying.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - DECEMBER 12, 2012

Published on 14 Dec 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
It’s one week closer to the end of the year, and the prevailing focus of the market continues to be on Washington’s inability to come to some type of agreement on the looming “fiscal cliff” issue. With what seem to be hourly news conferences and pundit speculation, the markets have generally moved toward a consensus that a compromise will be made. That, combined with better-than-expected unemployment numbers, led to the markets ending the Wednesday-to-Wednesday week up more than 1.3%. Fund investors also seemed to see things positively; they injected $12.7 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the week.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - NOVEMBER 21, 2012

Published on 26 Nov 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
For the week ended Wednesday, November 21, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors still seemed cautious; they injected roughly $15.8 billion in net new cash for the week, with $20.5 billion net going to money market accounts. Equity products seemed immune to the market rebound; they experienced nearly $7.3 billion in net redemptions for the week—for the largest weekly outflow since July of this year. Results for taxable bond funds (+$671 million) were very similar to those of the previous week. Investors continued to shed risk as corporate high-yield funds reported net outflows of $1.1 billion; corporate investment-grade, with $1.1 billion in net sales, nearly offset the redemptions. Investors also sought refuge in U.S. Treasury funds, injecting $408 million—for the group’s third consecutive week of net inflows. Concerns over increases in investment income tax rates pushed investors to seek exposure in the tax-exempt products; the group pulled in $1.1 billion.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - OCTOBER 10, 2012

Published on 12 Oct 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
U.S. equity markets continued to see-saw as the initial optimism over the central bank announcements quickly lost momentum. For the week ended Wednesday all of the major U.S. indices were in the red by more than a percentage point, with the technology sector taking the brunt of the losses; the NASDAQ ended the period down 2.7%. Surprisingly, the dip in the markets did not seem to have a large impact on fund investors. Looking at the corresponding flows for the week, mutual funds and ETFs reported net inflows of $3.7 billion, with investors continuing to place the majority of new cash into taxable bond products (+$2.3 billion). The equity group was once again mixed; stock mutual funds posted net outflows of $1.1 billion, while their ETF counterparts continued to garner assets of $2.1 billion net. Interest in municipal debt funds jumped as investors injected $915 million into the group—their largest weekly net inflow since mid-August. Money market fund flows were relatively flat, ending the week with net redemptions of $506 million.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES – SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

Published on 21 Sep 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
With the announcement by the FOMC of its entering another round of easing, equity markets pushed higher; the S&P 500 Index added 1.7% for the week ended September 19. Following suit, mutual funds and ETFs (excluding money market funds) added roughly $16.6 billion to their accounts as investors’ appetite for risk accelerated. Overall, equity products reported net inflows of $11.4 billion for the week. ETFs were once again the focus, adding $13.3 billion net. Despite the sanguine feelings, investors in equity mutual funds (-$1.9 billion) were not convinced; they pulled money out of the asset class for the sixth consecutive week. With the noticeable shift to equity products in general, taxable bond products were no worse for wear; investors injected $4.9 billion net into the group for the week—its eleventh consecutive week of net inflows.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S.FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - AUGUST 29, 2012

Published on 31 Aug 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
With the dog days of summer upon us many investors focused their attention away from the anemic markets and towards the potential fallout of both hurricane Isaac and the Republican National Convention. But despite this there was some optimistic data released on the current state of the economy. July GDP was revised upwards to 1.7%, home prices continued to strengthen, and consumer spending increased for the first time in three months. Combined with relatively quite news overseas and anticipated action from the Fed, investors injected $5.8 billion into mutual funds and ETFs—excluding money markets.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S.FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - AUGUST 8, 2012

Published on 10 Aug 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
Despite a positive movement in the markets equity mutual funds and ETFs reported net redemptions of $4.1 billion, continuing their roller coaster ride over the past eight weeks. Once again SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) had a heavy influence over the aggregate numbers pushing out roughly $3.9 billion of the total. Equity mutual funds were able to eke out a net inflow of $133 million and although relatively flat it was a large improvement over the roughly $5 billion in net redemptions experienced over the previous two weeks. Taxable bond funds posted their fifth consecutive week of inflows at $5.2 billion as investors continued to allocate cash to both corporate investment grade (+$1.6 billion) and high yield (+$809 million) products. Municipal bond funds also ended the period strongly with net inflows of $1.1 billion—the group’s seventeenth week of consecutive inflows. Money markets ended the week with net sales of $11.9 billion.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - August 1, 2012

Published on 03 Aug 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Despite a week of performance that included seeing the Dow touch 13,000 for the first time since early May, equity mutual fund investors were sellers, yanking about $3.0 billion from their accounts. Much of the outflows were from their core holdings, large-cap funds, which saw $1.9 billion pulled away. Taxable bond fund investors were net investors but could only muster $1.4 billion this week, down from +$2.6 billion the week before. The top draw was again U.S. Mortgage Funds (+$572 million) of which DoubleLine Total Return Fund accounted for about $519 million in net new money. Like taxable bond fund investors, muni debt fund investors also eased off the accelerator this week and bought up about $480 million in muni funds, down from $750 million a week ago. In the short-term space, money market funds had net withdrawals of $4.4 billion, most of which was due to institutional investor activity.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - July 11, 2012

Published on 13 Jul 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Equity mutual funds pulled in a little money from investors this week, reversing a three week outflow slide; all told, they took in about $450 million. Surprisingly, domestic equity funds accounted for most of the inflow total, about $445 million. Domestic equity ETF investors saw things differently, though, as they pulled a net $2.2 billion from their investments. Taxable bond funds had another solid week of inflows, this time for $3.0 billion; High Yield accounted for over $1.1 billion of the total. Municipal debt funds kept the inflows chugging along with another $670 million going their way. Money market funds had their best week of inflows since early-December 2011 with $22.5 billion added.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - June 6, 2012

Published on 08 Jun 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
Despite an upward correction towards the end of the week, investors were once again on their heels as lackluster unemployment data and a downward revision of Q1 GDP put the pace of the U.S. recovery in question. News from overseas continued to deteriorate as all eyes were on Spanish banks after their treasury minister warned they may soon be shut out of the market. Overall, investors felt comfortable as net sellers, pulling roughly $8.0 billion from U.S. mutual funds and ETFs.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - May 23, 2012

Published on 25 May 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj reviews flows data from the mutual fund and ETF markets. Equity mutual funds shed about $2.4 billion, taxable bond funds saw about $1.3 billion walk out the door, municipal debt funds continued to attract investors with $500 million in net new money, and money market funds were ignored with virtually zero dollars moving in or out of them on a net basis.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - May 16, 2012

Published on 18 May 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
Matthew Lemieux reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended May 16, 2012. U.S. markets continued to reel as Eurozone concerns were once again at the forefront of investors’ minds. Paired with natural May selling pressures equity investors continued to be net redeemers for the week ending May 16, 2012. Despite $2.6 billion in net outflows from equity mutual funds and ETFs, investors continued to allocate cash to fixed income products and kept overall fund flows—ex-money markets—in the positive at $1.3 billion.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - March 21, 2012

Published on 23 Mar 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
Matthew Lemieux reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended March 21, 2012. Despite a strong Q1 rally, U.S. market indices began to show signs of slowing as the week came to a close. Although partially due to quarter-end window dressing, concerns stemming from higher domestic energy prices and economic data out of Europe and China were in the forefront of investor’s minds. Overall, the conventional mutual fund business experienced net outflows of $12.7 billion as corporate tax liabilities pushed institutions to pull roughly $17 billion out of money market funds. Equity funds(+$700 million) and Taxable Bond funds(+$3.3 billion) both attracted new assets while Municipal Debt funds ended the period flat with net inflows of only $44 million.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - March 14, 2012

Published on 16 Mar 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Lipper's Jeff Tjornehoj discusses the week's flows trends and surprises.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - February 22, 2012

Published on 24 Feb 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended February 22, 2012. Although the Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, confusion (still) surrounding the Greek debt problem prompted equity mutual fund investors to contribute a paltry $1.3 billion this week. Curiously, large-cap growth funds were one of the stronger strategies this week, perhaps indicating a burgeoning appetite for risk taking. Overall, the conventional fund business experienced net inflows of $8.6 billion. Taxable bond funds (+$4.1 billion) continued to gain, particularly high yield products (+$700 million). Investors also looked favorably on municipal offerings as the group posted their twelfth consecutive week of inflows at $800 million. Money market fund investors added $2.4 billion for the week as institutions backed away from government paper.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - November 9, 2011

Published on 11 Nov 2011, by Matthew Lemieux
Matthew Lemieux reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended November 9, 2011. Despite a modest rise in the markets over the first four days of the week, widening spreads on Italian debt helped push investors to the door on Wednesday. Continued uncertainty over the fate of the Eurozone was exacerbated as two of the troubled nations, Greece and Italy, looked to introduce new governments. Despite this news it looked as investors were still willing to allocate new cash to the fund industry. Overall, the conventional mutual fund business attracted net inflows of $20.8 billion, with equity funds reporting net outflows of $519 million. Taxable bond funds (+$3.6 billion) posted their 5th consecutive week of inflows as Corporate Investment Grade funds attracted the most attention with $1.3 billion in net new assets. Municipal bond funds continued to be attractive with net inflows of $733 million, their largest weekly inflows since September of 2010. Money market funds benefited from the volatile market adding some $17.0 billion to their coffers.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - November 2, 2011

Published on 04 Nov 2011, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj discusses the flows into and out of the funds industry this week.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - October 26, 2011

Published on 28 Oct 2011, by Matthew Lemieux
Matthew Lemieux reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended October 26, 2011. With three consecutive weeks of positive market gains on the horizon and optimistic news out of the Eurozone, investors injected roughly $4.2 billion into mutual funds for the week ending October 26th 2011. The big news was on the fixed income side as High Yield Funds (+$3.6 billion) experienced their largest weekly net inflows since Lipper began tracking them in 1992. Tightening spreads and upward pressure in the equity markets helped push investors back into risk through the junk based products. Equity funds (+$3.0 billion) also reported net inflows for the week as a $3.7 billion push into ETFs helped overcome the negative sentiment on the traditional fund side—mutual funds reported net redemptions of $742 million for the week. Municipal bond funds posted their third consecutive week of inflows with $310 million as investors pulled a net $1.1 billion from money market funds.

Lipper 2011 Third Quarter Fund Flows Review WebEx Replay

Published on 10 Oct 2011, by Matthew Lemieux
Matthew Lemieux reviews preliminary mutual fund flow numbers for the third quarter 2011 in this WebEx replay. In line with expectations after a disastrous quarter for fund performance, the conventional mutual fund business experienced preliminary quarterly outflows of $125.0 billion. Equity Funds as a whole accounted for roughly $82.9 billion of that as U.S. diversified products posted redemptions of over $70 billion alone. Taxable bond funds were not immune to the sell-off as inflows to the group were nearly flat--a meager $162 million. Investors moved away from higher yields as the previous quarter’s top flows attractor, Loan Participation funds, experienced outflows of $8.2 billion and High Current Yield products lost roughly $3.0 billion. Municipal bond funds offered a bit of a bright spot with quarterly inflows of $1.5 billion as flows for money market funds continued to be volatile with net quarterly redemptions of $43.8 billion.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - September 28, 2011

Published on 30 Sep 2011, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly flows data for the week ended September 28, 2011. Investors reversed course from last week's outflows and allocated an estimated $4.9 billion in net new money toward mutual funds, the bulk of it to money market funds.
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