[UNLOCKED] Fund Flow Survey | Bear Tracks

Takeaway: Both equity ETFs and stock mutual funds are having a bad 2016 with investors only subscribing to fixed income via passives and actives.

Editor's Note: Below is a complimentary research note originally published July 7, 2016 by our Financials team. If you would like more info on how you can access our institutional research please email sales@hedgeye.com.

 

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Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:

In the 5-day period ending June 29th, equity ETFs experienced a net withdrawal of -$12.1 billion, the second largest drawdown so far in 2016. The running year-to-date tally for stock ETFs is now a -$31.6 billion redemption so far in 2016, which would be the worst year on record for the category through the beginning of our data set which starts in 2013. Despite the jarring start to the year for passive equity products, active equity mutual funds have lost over twice as much with withdrawals now totaling -$72.8 billion in 2016 in a continuation of the secular move out of active management.

 

Fixed income mutual funds also experienced withdrawals losing -$2.4 billion last week, however, bond products have averaged +$2.2 billion in new funds per week on the active fund side with fixed income ETFs raising +$1.5 billion per week thus far in '16. Finally, defensive investors shored up +$15 billion of cash in money market funds last week as summer risk aversion picked up.


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In the most recent 5-day period ending June 29th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$5.0 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$2.8 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$1.6 billion.

 

Fixed income mutual funds put up net outflows of -$2.4 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$2.3 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$475 million.

 

Equity ETFs had net redemptions of -$12.1 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$1.2 billion and the 2015 average inflow of +$2.8 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net inflows of +$2.0 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.6 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, investors pulled -5% or -$130 million from the materials XLB ETF while contributing +5% or +$404 million to the utilities XLU.

 

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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 -$16.7 billion spread for the week (-$17.1 billion of total equity outflow net of the -$377 million outflow from fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52-week moving average is -$3.0 billion (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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