Monthly Highlights


Every month we provide a snapshot of fund industry results and developments, using the latest available data from Strategic Insight, which is released roughly three weeks after each month-end

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Monthly Highlights: July 2014      8/15/2014
  Long-term fund types attracted $30 billion in July, lifting year-to-date net inflows to $293 billion. Aggregate net inflows to Equity funds in July totaled $18.2 billion, driven by a $15.2 billion inflow to International Equity funds. International Total Return (+$1.8 billion) and Emerging Market Equity (+$1.6 billion) were the objectives with the highest inflows in the asset class. US Equity fund inflows (+$3 billion) were driven by demand for income-oriented mutual funds (+$1.2 billion) as well as exchange-traded products. Short- and intermediate-term strategies led Julys $11.8 billion inflow to bond funds. Flow-leading taxable bond objectives included Corporate Bond General (+$5.3 billion) and Corporate Short Maturity (+$3.4 billion), while the $1.6 billion July inflow to Tax-Free Bond funds was driven by demand for Muni-Short funds (+$1.1 billion). Average cumulative return on equity funds was -2.1% for US Equity and -1.5% for International Equity. Taxable Bond funds’ average return was -0.4%, while Tax-Free Bond funds averaged a 0.1% return.
   
Monthly Highlights: June 2014      7/16/2014
  Net investment to long-term fund types totaled to $47 billion in June; lifting year-to-date inflows to $266 billion. US Equity (+$19.0 billion) led inflows among fund types in June on strong aggregate demand for ETFs, and actively managed objective-specific demand for Natural Resources (+$2.2 billion) and Income Mixed (+$1.4 billion). International Equity (+$17.6 billion) saw another month of consistent net investment as allocations to International Total Return (+$2.5 billion) and International Emerging Market Equity (+$2.1 billion) expanded. Demand for Taxable Bond funds (+$7.9 billion) were led by active objectives Corporate Bond General (+$7.1 billion) and Global Bond General (+$2.7 billion) objectives in June. Tax-Free Bonds also experienced $2.4 billion of net investments during the month. Equity funds returned strong asset-weighted one-month returns despite periods of volatility in June, with US Equity returning 2.7% on the period and International Equity returning 1.6%.
   
Monthly Highlights: May 2014      6/13/2014
  Long-term funds netted $39.2 billion in May, lifting YTD intake to $215 billion. US Equity funds (-$2.0 billion) experienced their first aggregate net outflows since January, while International Equity (+$16.0 billion) saw another month of consistent net investment. Inflow leading strategies among active US equity managers in April were Natural Resources (+$1.8 billion) and Income Mixed (+$1.3 billion). International Total Return (+$1.8 billion) and Emerging Market Equity (+$1.8 billion) drove inflows to International Equity. Taxable Bond Fund flows (+$21 billion) were led by the Government Intermediate Maturity (+$5.3 billion), while Tax-Free Bond funds saw inflows of $4.1 billion in May, led by the Muni National High Yield (+$1.6 billion) objective.
   
Monthly Highlights: April 2014       5/16/2014
  Long-term funds netted $45.2 billion in April, bringing year-to-date intake to $176 billion. US Equity (+$13.2 billion) and International Equity (+$18.9 billion) saw another month of strong net flows. Inflow leading strategies among active US equity managers in April were Natural Resources (+$1.7 billion), Flexible US (+$1.1 billion), and Income – Mixed (+$1.1 billion). International Growth (+$2.6 billion) and Emerging Market Equity (+$1.6 billion) drove inflows to the International Equity space. Taxable bond fund flows (+$11.6 billion in aggregate) were led by the Corporate Bond General (+$5 billion) and Strategic Income (+$3 billion) objectives. Money market funds shed $57.6 billion in April, bringing year-to-date net redemptions to $147.6 billion.
   
Monthly Highlights: March 2014       4/18/2014
  Long-term funds netted $42.3 billion during March, bringing first quarter net intake to $131.9 billion. After strong one-month February returns, average US Equity fund returns were relatively flat in March (-0.1%). US Equity took in $18.8 billion in aggregate during March. Among active US equity strategies, Alternative Long/Short Opportunistic (+$1.7 billion), Natural Resources (+$1.6 billion), and Flexible (+$1.2 billion) objectives led monthly intake. International Equity funds netted $14.6 billion in March. International Growth (+$2.8 billion) and Global Asset Allocation (+$1.7 billion) objectives led active International Equity fund flows during the month. Taxable Bond funds attracted $7.1 billion in March, with Corporate Bond General (+$6.1 billion), Strategic Income (+$4.5 billion), and Corporate Floating Rate (+$1.9 billion) being the top-selling objectives. Money market funds shed $26 billion in March, bringing quarterly net redemptions to $90 billion.