Strategic Insight (SI) said in a news release that January’s performance outpaced the prior record of $56 billion in February 2000. These gains come on the heels of an estimated $233 billion captured by such funds for all of 2003 .
Tacking on “modest” bond fund inflows to equity fund results, January also produced the highest ever monthly pace of long-term fund inflows, which Strategic Insight estimated at $63 billion. That, according to the announcement, was about 50% higher than the previous monthly record.
Combining strong inflows and NAV appreciation, SI estimates that during February 2004, total assets managed by all types of mutual funds (open-end, closed-end, funds underlying variable annuities, and ETFs) broke the $8 trillion mark, another all-time record .
“Investors are increasing their commitment to mutual funds where transparency, flexibility, access, and liquidity are available to everyone, not just a selected group of the wealthy class,” asserted Avi Nachmany, Strategic Insight’s Director of Research.
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