24 Feb 2012, by
Jeff Tjornehoj reviews Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows for the week ended February 22, 2012. Although the Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, confusion (still) surrounding the Greek debt problem prompted equity mutual fund investors to contribute a paltry $1.3 billion this week. Curiously, large-cap growth funds were one of the stronger strategies this week, perhaps indicating a burgeoning appetite for risk taking. Overall, the conventional fund business experienced net inflows of $8.6 billion. Taxable bond funds (+$4.1 billion) continued to gain, particularly high yield products (+$700 million). Investors also looked favorably on municipal offerings as the group posted their twelfth consecutive week of inflows at $800 million. Money market fund investors added $2.4 billion for the week as institutions backed away from government paper.