16 Dec 2011, by
Tom Roseen reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended December 14, 2011. Shrugging off a 1.4% gain in the Dow for the week ended December 9 on news that European leaders agreed to closer fiscal ties, investors scrambled for cover, redeeming a net $7.28 billion from the fund universe (including ETFs) for the week ended December 14, 2011, on continued doubts of a speedy resolution to the lingering European debt crisis and after the Federal Reserve left rates unchanged and signaled it would not be implementing another round of quantitative easing. Equity funds saw a net $8.2 billion in net redemption for the week; however, the majority of redemptions came from one fund, The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which saw net redemptions of $7.3 billion. Equity funds, including ETFs, witnessed their third week of net outflows in four; however, ex-ETFs saw their sixth consecutive week of outflows (-$1.6 billion). Interestingly, and as a direct result of investors search for yield, Equity Income Funds witnessed their thirty-first week of net inflows, attracting $962 million during the week. Investors withdrew $0.7 billion from taxable fixed income funds, while padding the coffers of municipal bond funds and money market funds, to the tune of $0.5 billion and $1.0 billion, respectively.