September 26, 2017

Morningstar Reports U.S. Mutual Fund and ETF Asset Flows for August 2017


CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) asset flows for August 2017. In August, investors put $8.5 billion into U.S. equity passive funds, down from $10.8 billion in July 2017. On the active front, investors pulled $23.0 billion out of U.S. equity funds, compared with $19.6 billion in the previous month. Morningstar estimates net flow for mutual funds by computing the change in assets not explained by the performance of the fund and net flow for ETFs by computing the change in shares outstanding.

Morningstar's report about U.S. asset flows in August is available here. Highlights from the report include:

  • Taxable bond remained the leading category group in August with $27.5 billion in flows overall. Unlike in June and July, however, active taxable-bond flows surpassed passive ones: $14.1 billion versus $13.3 billion.
  • The four Morningstar Categories with the highest inflows in August are: intermediate-term bond, foreign large blend, multisector bond, and diversified emerging markets. Large blend did not make the top five categories, reflecting waning interest in U.S. equity.
  • Among top U.S. fund families, PIMCO was the leader in active flows with $4.1 billion, followed by Vanguard with $1.4 billion. On the passive front, Vanguard was the top fund family, with inflows of $19.3 billion, followed by BlackRock/iShares with inflows of $9.9 billion and Fidelity, who is becoming a stronger contender after multiple rounds of fee cuts.
  • The two active funds with the highest inflows were the same in August as they were in July: PIMCO Income, which has a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Silver, with flows of $3.1 billion, followed by Gold-rated Oakmark International with $911.0 million in flows. The passive funds with the highest inflows were both Vanguard funds: Gold-rated Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund and Gold-rated Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund, which saw respective inflows of $6.2 billion and $2.5 billion.
  • BlackRock High Yield Bond had the highest outflows in August of $1.4-billion. Growth funds from Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, and American Funds were also subject to large outflows as investors kept moving away from U.S. equity and growth stocks.

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