Published on 28 Sep 2012 by Tom Roseen

For the week ended Wednesday, September 26, the S&P 500 locked in its first five-day losing streak since the middle of July. After an unexpectedly strong equity showing earlier in September (equity funds were up 2.1% month to date through September 26 and 5.12% quarter to date), investors decided to take a little of their hard-won profits off the table during the week. They appeared to be focusing on the demonstrations in Spain and Greece, the dissenting QE3 opinion from nonvoting Federal Reserve member Charles Plosser, continued uncertainties surrounding the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and the looming “fiscal cliff.” These economic and geopolitical concerns outweighed the news that housing appeared to be improving over the last several months, with the S&P/Case-Shiller Composite rising for the fourth month in a row and July housing prices climbing 0.2%. Despite the poor performance, fund investors were net purchasers of fund assets, injecting $9.7 billion into the funds business (including open-end funds and ETFs). For the third consecutive week equity funds witnessed net inflows to the tune of $1.1 billion for the week (significantly muted from the prior two weeks), while money market funds (+$3.9 billion), taxable bond funds (+$4.0 billion), and municipal bond funds (+$0.6 billion) continued on their merry old way–attracting net new money. Tom Roseen discusses Lipper's U.S. Weekly fund flows.

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