The April showing represented the first time this year with a month-over-month increase in asset inflows – up from March’s $28.3 billion showing in 2006 (See Fund Flows Continue Weak Cycle in March ).
According to the FRC report of April’s data, International/Global funds led the way with net inflows of $22.5 billion, followed by Domestic Equity funds with a $6.9 billion net intake. Corporate bond funds were ahead by $3.18 billion while government bond funds gave back $955 million.
Per Morningstar fund category, it was Foreign Large-Cap Blend leading the way with a $4.39 billion April gain, while Foreign Large Growth followed at $3.19 billion and World Stock at a $3.11 billion gain. Intermediate Term Bond was up $2.89 billion and Target-Date 2015-2029 was up $1.87 billion.
American Funds topped all complexes with $6.7 billion of net inflows while Fidelity Investments was the closest challenger at $5.83 billion. Barclays Global Investors Fund was ahead by $2.95 billion and the Vanguard Group had a $2.80 billion inflow over the month.
In terms of total assets, American Funds and Vanguard Group held the top fund group spots in April, with $864 billion and $863 billion, respectively. Behind the two sizeable fund families in the April total asset race were:
- Fidelity Investments – $805 billion
- Franklin Distributors Inc. – $269 billion
- Barclays Global Investors Funds – $206 billion.