Through August 2009, more than $226 billion has flowed into U.S. open-end funds, meaning fund firms are close to making up the ground lost in the second half of 2008, when investors pulled $251 billion out of mutual funds, according to Morningstar commentary.
However, Morningstar pointed out that it does not signal renewed enthusiasm for equities, as 60% (or $31.6 billion) of August’s flows went to taxable-bond funds, and municipal-bond funds made up another 20% (or almost $10 billion). U.S. equity funds posted a $1.9 billion inflow for the month, and international equity funds gained $7.7 billion.
PIMCO Funds was the most popular fund group in August, taking in $9.3 billion in assets, followed by Vanguard, which posted a $9.1 billion net intake. American Funds continued to lose ground, as investors pulled $2.6 billion out of the complex in August, bringing its year-to-date outflows to $17.4 billion.
PIMCO Total Return has been the top-selling fund throughout 2009, and August proved to be its best month yet, with almost $5.5 billion in inflows.
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