26 Nov 2012, by
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.