Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - February 29, 2012
Published on 02 Mar 2012 by Tom Roseen
Tom Roseen reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended February 29, 2012. Despite lacklustre volume, investors were finally able to hold the Dow above 13,000 on Tuesday as the perception of the U.S. economy continued to improve. Although the index ended the week back below the coveted mark, mutual fund and ETFs investor seemed to share in the optimism as they injected $3.8 billion into the fund business.
Overall, equity funds drew the majority of interest with net inflows of $7.5 billion. ETFs accounted for all the positive feelings as they posted gains of $7.7 billion—a stark comparison to their mutual fund brethren who continued to struggle with weekly outflows of $260 million. Taxable bond funds boasted their eleventh week of inflows with $3.0 billion as investors were once again split between investment grade funds (+$970 million) and High Yield (+$565 million) offerings. Municipal bond funds (+$357 million) posted net inflows for the week while money market funds pushed roughly $7.1 billion out their doors. Alternative asset classes also fared well as precious metal commodity funds drew in nearly $1.0 billion for the week—their largest weekly inflow since November 23, 2011.