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Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:
In the 5-day period ending July 20th, domestic equity's -$10.3 billion withdrawal set new lows for the largest outflow year-to-date and contributed to the total equity mutual fund category losing -$12.6 billion. The only equity fund category to take in funds last week was emerging markets with a +$505 million subscription which assisted equity ETFs which gathered +$3.1 billion in new funds. However all bond categories had net positive flows in the past 5 days, bringing the total fixed income mutual fund flow to +$7.6 billion with bond ETFs also tacking on an additional +$1.1 billion. This +$18.2 billion net difference between all equity products and all fixed income (-$9.4 billion lost in all stock products against +$8.7 billion in total fixed income subscriptions), was the widest margin for investor asset allocation in a weekly period all year.
In the most recent 5-day period ending July 20th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$12.6 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$3.3 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$1.6 billion.
Fixed income mutual funds put up net inflows of +$7.6 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$2.5 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$475 million.
Equity ETFs had net subscriptions of +$3.1 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$297 million and the 2015 average inflow of +$2.8 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net inflows of +$1.1 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.9 billion but outpacing 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:
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.
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:
Sector and Asset Class Weekly ETF and Year-to-Date Results: In sector SPDR callouts, the financials XLF ETF gained +$425 million or +3%, likely due to better than expected earnings announcements.
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.
The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF flows against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a negative -$18.2 billion spread for the week (-$9.5 billion of total equity outflow net of the +$8.8 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 -$3.7 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.)
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: