16 Apr 2014, by
Fund flows were positive during the first quarter of 2014 with $105.1 billion of net inflows going into mutual funds and $12.9 billion of net inflows into ETFs. Despite the market volatility during the period, net inflows into mutual funds significantly increased relative to the fourth quarter of 2013 which witnessed $41 billion in net positive flows. The fourth quarter saw $45 billion going into ETFs. Equity flows were positive in the U.S. diversified and sector equity segments with world equity funds leading the way amongst the broader categories. Taxable fixed income flows were positive at a combined $43.6 billion for the first time in three quarters. The municipal bond sector also witnessed positive net inflows for the first time in three quarters with $1.9 billion entering the category as investors appeared attracted to their higher yields. Money market funds witnessed $85 billion in net outflows.