11 May 2012, by
Tom Roseen discusses Lipper's U.S. weekly fund flows. During the week the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its longest consecutive losing streak (eight days) since August 2, 2011, as investors contemplated Spain's partial nationalization of its fourth largest lender, Greece's struggle to form a coalition government after citizens rejected pro-austerity candidates throughout Europe, and April payroll figures disappointed, climbing just 115,000 verses an expected 163,000. However, Investors padded the coffers of the fund industry (including ETFs and open-end funds), injecting a net $3.4 billion for the week ended Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Conservative asset classes were the recipients of investors' cash, with money market funds attracting $4.4 billion (its first inflow in 11 weeks), taxable bond funds taking in $4.6 billion, and municipal debt funds, for the third consecutive week, drawing in $0.9 billion, while equity funds suffered $6.5 billion in net redemptions.