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Takeaway: All five active equity categories continued to lose funds last week; total eq MF flow came to -$4.9 B. Meanwhile passive equity took +$2.0 B

Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:

The landscape between passive ETFs and mutual funds in fixed income is starting to look a lot like the landscape in equities. An inflection point is now evident in the growth rate of passive bond products versus funds starting in 3Q15 with fixed income ETFs growing through the volatility in credit and now cumulatively ahead of running net new assets in funds. The entire equity complex has shifted toward passive products for some time now making the chart below a future look at how the pie will shift in fixed income.

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Specifically during the week, the latest ICI survey again relayed this migration for the five-days ending March 30th; all five equity mutual fund categories experienced withdrawals, bringing the total equity mutual fund flow to -$4.9 billion. Meanwhile, passive equity ETFs took in +$2.0 billion.

In fixed income, taxable bond funds experienced a -$195 million outflow as investors continue to prefer tax-free municipal bonds, which took in +$1.4 billion last week.


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In the most recent 5-day period ending March 30th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$4.9 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$798 million and the 2015 average outflow of -$1.6 billion.

 

Fixed income mutual funds put up net inflows of +$1.2 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.1 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$475 million.

 

Equity ETFs had net subscriptions of +$2.0 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$1.6 billion but trailing the 2015 average inflow of +$2.8 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net inflows of +$258 million, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$2.1 billion and the 2015 average inflow of +$1.0 billion.

 

Mutual fund flow data is collected weekly from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and represents a survey of 95% of the investment management industry's mutual fund assets. Mutual fund data largely reflects the actions of retail investors. Exchange traded fund (ETF) information is extracted from Bloomberg and is matched to the same weekly reporting schedule as the ICI mutual fund data. According to industry leader Blackrock (BLK), U.S. ETF participation is 60% institutional investors and 40% retail investors.



Most Recent 12 Week Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from the ICI mutual fund survey and includes the weekly average for 2015 and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016:

 

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Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from the ICI mutual fund survey for each year starting with 2008.

 

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Most Recent 12 Week Flow within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from Bloomberg's ETF database (matched to the Wednesday to Wednesday reporting format of the ICI), the weekly average for 2015, and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016. In the third table are the results of the weekly flows into and out of the major market and sector SPDRs:

 

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Sector and Asset Class Weekly ETF and Year-to-Date Results: In sector SPDR callouts, the long treasury TLT ETF experienced a -$415 million or -4% outflow, although it has experienced the largest inflow YTD on a percentage basis of +48%.

 

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Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from Bloomberg's ETF database for each year starting with 2013.

 

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Net Results:

The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF flows against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a negative -$4.4 billion spread for the week (-$2.9 billion of total equity outflow net of the +$1.5 billion inflow to fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52-week moving average is -$422 million (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week) with a 52-week high of +$20.2 billion (more positive money flow to equities) and a 52-week low of -$19.0 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week.)

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Exposures:
The weekly data herein is important for the public asset managers with trends in mutual funds and ETFs impacting the companies with the following estimated revenue impact:

 

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Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT 

 

 

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA