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Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - March 20, 2013

Published on 22 Mar 2013, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Equity mutual fund and ETF investors disagreed about the significance of Cyprus's banking crisis--watch the video to see where they ended up.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - March 13, 2013

Published on 18 Mar 2013, by Tom Roseen
Excluding ETF activity, investors kept their foot on the pedal, padding the coffers of equity mutual funds to the tune of $3.0 billion net. Domestic equity funds witnessed net inflows of $1.4 billion, while their nondomestic equity fund counterparts took in some $1.6 billion. However, for the second consecutive week both municipal debt funds (-$113 million) and money market funds (-$2.4 billion) suffered net redemptions as investors remained in a risk-on mode. During the week investors continued to inject net new money into taxable bond funds (+$1.8 billion), which still cast a shadow over the mainstream media’s prediction of a grand rotation out of fixed income funds into equity funds.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - March 6, 2013

Published on 08 Mar 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
With the second month of the year behind us, things seemed to be continuing to move in the right direction in terms of both the economy and the financial markets. Although most stocks did not provide as strong returns as in January, year-to-date performance through February stood at roughly 6% for the broader U.S. equity indices. On generally good employment news, the upwardly revised Q4 2012 GDP numbers, and strong exports out of China, investors continued to show confidence by pushing markets to new highs. Initial concerns over the enactment of sequestration on March 1 were pushed to the wayside as the Dow closed at an all-time high on Tuesday, March 5. General feelings of optimism paved the way for continued strength in fund flows; investors injected roughly $10.8 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the week.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - February 27, 2013

Published on 01 Mar 2013, by Tom Roseen
Excluding ETF activity, investors kept their foot on the peddle, padding the coffers of equity mutual funds by injecting $2.8 billion of net new money into the group--for its first eight-consecutive–week period of inflows since March 16, 2011. Conventional mutual fund investors took on a little more risk in the taxable fixed income funds space (+$2.9 billion), injecting $1.2 billion into Bank Loan Funds and Flexible Income Funds took in $1.4 billion. Tom highlights flows for both conventional mutual funds and ETFs in this week's fund flows video.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - February 20, 2013

Published on 22 Feb 2013, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Mutual fund investors continued their New Year’s resolution to buy more stock funds; this past week they added another $2.6 billion to those accounts. Investors also continued to favor equity funds that are focused on companies outside the U.S., adding $1.7 billion in net sales to nondomestic equity funds and just $900 million to domestic equity mutual funds. Core portfolio holdings such as those in Lipper’s Large-Cap Core Funds (-$255 million) and S&P 500 Index Objective Funds (-$147 million) classifications led the losers column; investors favored multi- and small-cap fund strategies instead. Equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) had just $237 million of net inflows as investors remained noncommittal to SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which had an unremarkable outflow of $696 million; SPDR Gold (GLD) led the equity ETF outflows list at $1.4 billion.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - February 13, 2013

Published on 15 Feb 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
After a quick pop in the market late last week on stronger economic numbers at home and in China, investors seemed to be sitting on their hands as most U.S. indices moved sideways during and after the run-up to President Obama’s first second-term State of the Union address. Despite the general pause, investors continued to allocate new money to the funds business. For the week ending February 13, 2013, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) (excluding money market funds) reported net inflows of $4.4 billion.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - February 6, 2013

Published on 08 Feb 2013, by Tom Roseen
Investors renewed their interest in equity mutual funds (ex-ETFs), injecting $4.1 billion of net new money into the group--for its first five consecutive weeks of inflows since February 8, 2012. Domestic equity funds witnessed net inflows of $1.1 billion, while their nondomestic equity fund counterparts took in some $3.1 billion. Conventional mutual fund investors took on a little more risk in the taxable fixed income funds space (+$3.3 billion), injecting $1.5 billion into corporate investment-grade debt funds (for their thirty-fourth consecutive week of net inflows) and $1.7 billion into flexible income funds. Tom highlights flows for both conventional mutual funds and ETFs in this week's fund flows video.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - January 30, 2013

Published on 01 Feb 2013, by Tom Roseen
Conventional equity mutual funds attract $5.8 billion in net inflows for the week ended January 30, 2013—their fourth consecutive week of net inflows (bringing their four-week total to $20.7 billion—their largest four-week total since the period ended April 12, 2000). Tom Roseen discusses flows trends for both conventional mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in this week’s fund flows video.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - January 23, 2013

Published on 25 Jan 2013, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj discusses the flows among mutual funds and ETFs during the last week of December 2012.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - January 16, 2013

Published on 18 Jan 2013, by Matthew Lemieux
Investors continued to show optimism in the global equity markets as better than expected export news out of China and continued weakness in the Japanese yen boosted Asian indices. With a strong Q4 earnings season kickoff at home, the U.S. markets joined suit; the S&P 500 index added just over three-quarters of a percentage point for the week ending Wednesday, January 16. Combine the 3%-plus returns we have seen so far this year with the previous week’s large equity fund flows, and one would expect the perfect recipe for continued buying.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - January 9, 2013

Published on 11 Jan 2013, by Tom Roseen
During the first full week of fund flows for the new year, investors were net purchasers of fund assets to the tune of $34.2 billion. Equity funds, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs), took in a whopping $18.3 billion for the week ended Wednesday, January 9, 2013, their fourth largest net inflows since Lipper began calculating weekly flows in January 1992. Tom discusses the flows trends for the industry in this podcast.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - January 2, 2013

Published on 04 Jan 2013, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj discusses the flows among mutual funds and ETFs during the last week of December 2012.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - DECEMBER 12, 2012

Published on 14 Dec 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
It’s one week closer to the end of the year, and the prevailing focus of the market continues to be on Washington’s inability to come to some type of agreement on the looming “fiscal cliff” issue. With what seem to be hourly news conferences and pundit speculation, the markets have generally moved toward a consensus that a compromise will be made. That, combined with better-than-expected unemployment numbers, led to the markets ending the Wednesday-to-Wednesday week up more than 1.3%. Fund investors also seemed to see things positively; they injected $12.7 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the week.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - December 5, 2012

Published on 07 Dec 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj, Lipper's Head of Americas Research, discusses flows activity for the first week of December.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - NOVEMBER 28, 2012

Published on 30 Nov 2012, by Tom Roseen
In this podcast, Tom talks about this week's mutual fund and ETF flows trends. Despite a shortened trading day on the Friday after Thanksgiving, US stocks rallied on better-than-expected economic news from Germany and China and on preliminary news that shoppers did indeed head to the retail stores on Black Friday. During the week ended Wednesday, November 28, the market suffered from a little bipolar behavior: the Dow Jones Industrial Average witnessed its best Friday-to-Friday weekly performance since the week ended June 8, 2012, rising 3.35%, only to decline 1.01% on the first two trading days of the new week on fears the debt talks had stalled. This was despite investors’ learning of better-than-expected durable goods orders and the sixth consecutive month of increasing home prices in September. However, on Wednesday markets rallied once again after comments by President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner suggested a budget deal hopefully would be reached before Christmas. Despite the rollercoaster ride, for the week fund investors injected a net $21.1 billion into the funds business (including open-end funds and ETFs), allocating net new money into all of Lipper's major macro-classifications, with money market funds attracting the lion's share (+$11.4 billion). For the first week in three equity funds witnessed net inflows (+$7.4 billion, erasing the previous week's outflows), while taxable bond funds (+$1.8 billion) attracted inflows for the twentieth week in twenty-one. For the fourth consecutive week municipal bond funds attracted net new money (+$0.5 billion).

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - NOVEMBER 21, 2012

Published on 26 Nov 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
For the week ended Wednesday, November 21, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors still seemed cautious; they injected roughly $15.8 billion in net new cash for the week, with $20.5 billion net going to money market accounts. Equity products seemed immune to the market rebound; they experienced nearly $7.3 billion in net redemptions for the week—for the largest weekly outflow since July of this year. Results for taxable bond funds (+$671 million) were very similar to those of the previous week. Investors continued to shed risk as corporate high-yield funds reported net outflows of $1.1 billion; corporate investment-grade, with $1.1 billion in net sales, nearly offset the redemptions. Investors also sought refuge in U.S. Treasury funds, injecting $408 million—for the group’s third consecutive week of net inflows. Concerns over increases in investment income tax rates pushed investors to seek exposure in the tax-exempt products; the group pulled in $1.1 billion.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - NOVEMBER 7, 2012

Published on 09 Nov 2012, by Tom Roseen
During the week ended Wednesday, November 7, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst one-day decline of the year--312.95 points--on the day after President Barack Obama secured a second term. With the presidential election over, investors began to contemplate the real possibility that the U.S. could plunge over the proverbial "fiscal cliff" if the government remains gridlocked. For the week investors were reluctant to make any major moves ahead of the election, even after U.S. consumer confidence improved in October, China's PMI survey pointed to an ongoing recovery, the ISM Manufacturing Index inched up in October, and October nonfarm payrolls increased a better-than-expected 171,000. Despite poor market returns for the week, fund investors injected almost $43.0 billion net into the funds business (including open-end funds and ETFs), allocating net new money into all of the major macro-classifications. Ahead of the election results investors padded the coffers of money market funds, depositing a net $31.1 billion, which erased the $23.5-billion outflows seen the prior week. For the first week in four equity funds witnessed net inflows (+$4.9 billion), while taxable bond funds (+$6.1 billion) attracted inflows for the seventeenth week in eighteen, and for the second consecutive week municipal bond funds (+$0.9 billion) attracted net new money.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - OCTOBER 31, 2012

Published on 02 Nov 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
To say we had a wild ending for October would be a gross understatement as the East Coast of the U.S. prepared for and endured one of the most powerful storms in that area’s history. Adversely affecting the coastline from North Carolina to Massachusetts, “Super Storm” Sandy dealt a blow to America’s financial hub, closing U.S. markets for two consecutive days—an event not seen since 1888. With some operations running on backup power, the stock exchanges were able to reopen on Wednesday, handling the higher average volume but ending the session slightly down. With only three trading days to work with, investors’ action in mutual funds and ETFs (excluding money market funds) was relatively flat, posting net outflows of $754 million. Despite the equity markets’ posting their first monthly loss since May, stock ETFs continued to garner assets with net inflows of $1.3 billion—breaking a two-week losing streak. On the other side of the coin equity mutual fund investors continued to look for the door, pulling roughly $1.4 billion from their accounts. Once again the majority of assets came out of U.S. Diversified Equity products. As a bit of a surprise, taxable bond funds posted their first net outflow in 17 weeks and for only the fourth time this year. Corporate investment-grade products were able to attract net inflows of $291 million, while investors turned their back on high-yield funds—$619 million in net outflows. Municipals also seemed to suffer from the shortened week; they reported net redemptions of $123 million, breaking their 28-week inflow streak. Money market funds, with $23.5 billion in net outflows, saw the most action among the asset groups—their largest since August 2011. And with $24.6 billion coming from institutional accounts, much of the move may have been attributed to quarter-end tax deadlines.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - October 24, 2012

Published on 26 Oct 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
A rough start to earnings season turned away equity fund investors this past week. Following the previous week’s first positive fund flows in nine weeks, equity fund investors pulled the plug on more additions and instead withdrew $200 million from their accounts for the week ended October 24, 2012. Domestic equity funds bore the brunt of the outflows with $806 million withdrawn, while nondomestic equity funds took in $605 million. Taxable bond funds had one of their better weeks this year, seizing about $3.6 billion. Investors continued to downshift their purchases of junk bond funds; the High Yield group posted inflows of just $86 million, while core-investment choice Corporate Investment-Grade Funds saw inflows of $1.3 billion and weak-dollar play International & Global Debt funds had inflows of about $370 million. Tax-exempt funds had inflows of about $576 million, while money market funds saw outflows of about $3.2 billion.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - OCTOBER 17, 2012

Published on 19 Oct 2012, by Tom Roseen
Tom talks about this week's mutual fund and ETF flows trends. Shrugging off relatively strong equity returns toward Wednesday's close, fund investors remained less risk seeking injecting $10.6 billion into money market funds out of the $13.1 billion of net inflows into the funds business (including open-end funds and ETFs). For the second week in three equity funds suffered net outflows, witnessing $2.6 billion in net redemptions, while money market funds (+$10.6 billion), taxable bond funds (+$4.5 billion), and municipal bond funds (+$0.6 billion) continued to attract net new money.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES - OCTOBER 10, 2012

Published on 12 Oct 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
U.S. equity markets continued to see-saw as the initial optimism over the central bank announcements quickly lost momentum. For the week ended Wednesday all of the major U.S. indices were in the red by more than a percentage point, with the technology sector taking the brunt of the losses; the NASDAQ ended the period down 2.7%. Surprisingly, the dip in the markets did not seem to have a large impact on fund investors. Looking at the corresponding flows for the week, mutual funds and ETFs reported net inflows of $3.7 billion, with investors continuing to place the majority of new cash into taxable bond products (+$2.3 billion). The equity group was once again mixed; stock mutual funds posted net outflows of $1.1 billion, while their ETF counterparts continued to garner assets of $2.1 billion net. Interest in municipal debt funds jumped as investors injected $915 million into the group—their largest weekly net inflow since mid-August. Money market fund flows were relatively flat, ending the week with net redemptions of $506 million.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - October 3, 2012

Published on 05 Oct 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
The bumpy end to the third-quarter seems to have taken a toll on investors’ willingness to own equity mutual funds, as withdrawals from these investments totaled $2.4 billion during the week ended October 3, 2012. That’s the eighth week in a row in which investors have withdrawn assets from equity mutual funds, with U.S. stock funds bearing the brunt of those outflows. Net redemptions in that category hit $2.6 billion during the period, with even Lipper’s Equity Income Funds group – which has tended to remain appealing to investors – reporting outflows for the week, even though that figure was a meager $500,000 or so. In some recent weeks, equity ETFs have continued to see inflows even as mutual funds have recorded net redemptions. This week, that pattern changed. After injecting a net $27.8 billion into ETFs over the previous three weeks, ETF investors switched gears, withdrawing $440 million from these investments in the period ended October 3. Once more, safety seemed to be back in favor. Taxable bond funds reported inflows of $2.4 billion during the period, while the riskier high-yield bond funds witnessed net redemptions of about $400 million on top of a loss of $500 million in assets in the prior week Investors found international and global funds more appealing; that group attracted some $470 million during the period. Tax-exempt municipal bond funds also saw their coffers swell, reporting inflows of about $550 million, extending their streak of uninterrupted inflows to 27 weeks.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

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.

LIPPER WEEKLY U.S. FUND FLOWS VIDEO SERIES – SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

Published on 21 Sep 2012, by Matthew Lemieux
With the announcement by the FOMC of its entering another round of easing, equity markets pushed higher; the S&P 500 Index added 1.7% for the week ended September 19. Following suit, mutual funds and ETFs (excluding money market funds) added roughly $16.6 billion to their accounts as investors’ appetite for risk accelerated. Overall, equity products reported net inflows of $11.4 billion for the week. ETFs were once again the focus, adding $13.3 billion net. Despite the sanguine feelings, investors in equity mutual funds (-$1.9 billion) were not convinced; they pulled money out of the asset class for the sixth consecutive week. With the noticeable shift to equity products in general, taxable bond products were no worse for wear; investors injected $4.9 billion net into the group for the week—its eleventh consecutive week of net inflows.

Lipper Weekly U.S. Fund Flows Video Series - September 12, 2012

Published on 14 Sep 2012, by Jeff Tjornehoj
Jeff Tjornehoj talks about his observations on mutual fund and ETF flows.
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