Inflows to equity funds in July totaled $18.2 billion, driven by a $15.2 billion inflow to international equity funds. The international total return category had the most inflows, with $1.8 billion, and emerging market equity finished in a close second for the asset class, at $1.6 billion.
The total U.S. Equity fund inflows of $3 billion were driven by demand for income-oriented mutual funds ($1.2 billion), as well as exchange-traded products, according to SI.
Both short- and intermediate-term strategies led July’s $11.8 billion commitment to bond funds. The flow-leading taxable bond strategies included the corporate bond general category, which saw $5.3 billion of inflows, and corporate short maturity ($3.4 billion). The $1.6 billion July inflow for tax-free bond funds was in large part driven by demand for muni-short funds ($1.1 billion).
A heavy selling session on the last trading day of the month sent equity returns into negative territory in July, as the weighted average of one-month returns for U.S. equity and international equity funds were -2.1% and -1.5%, respectively. Yield movement was mixed during the month, and taxable bond funds’ average return was -0.4%. Tax-free bond funds averaged a 0.1% return.
The data from SI also reveals steady inflows continued to non-traditional funds in July—the category again recording $6 billion of monthly aggregate net inflows. Both U.S. equity alternatives and taxable bond alternative funds have experienced success year-to-date in 2014, SI says, attracting $16.9 billion and $3.7 billion, respectively.
The income-mixed, flexible U.S., and natural resources equity objectives each collected in excess of $1 billion again in July. Money Market fund redemptions totaled $18.8 billion in July.
More information about how to obtain research reports from Strategic Insight is available at www.sionline.com.