A Strategic Insight news release said stock fund positive flows reached $7 billion in January 2009 and were supported by seasonal deposits. Inflows were experienced in both U.S. stock funds ($5 billion) as well as in international equity funds ($2 billion).
During January, mutual fund investors net purchased $21 billion of taxable bond funds – with all key sectors showing gains – and more than $3 billion of tax-free bond funds, the news release said. Money market mutual funds benefited from more than $64 billion of net inflows, as assets rose to another record nearing $4 trillion, the company said.
“January data suggests a slowing of defensive switching among stock fund investors, and implies that sizeable net redemptions are unlikely to recur,” commented Avi Nachmany, Strategic Insight Director of Research, in the announcement . “With more than two-thirds of stock fund assets held for retirement savings, the eventual recovery of stock prices will benefit most buy-and-hold investors.”
In addition, ETF bond funds garnered over $5 billion of net inflows in January, while ETF equity funds experienced modest net redemptions.