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Lipper report finds that investors duck for cover in closing months of 2011 with ETFs experiencing negative flows

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tom Roseen
By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Research conducted by Lipper Research shows that fund investors took fright over the closing months of 2011, becoming net purchasers of fund assets for November but still investing $53.3 billion into the conventional funds business. Money market funds were the most popular funds while ETFs took the biggest hit.

Tom Roseen, Head of Research Services at Lipper and research analyst Matthew Lemieux found that net inflows for bond funds (+$20.6 billion) and money market funds (+$54.9 billion) easily offset the $22.3-billion redemptions from stock & mixed-equity funds during the month of November.

Roseen reports that for the seventh consecutive month investors were net redeemers of USDE Funds, pulling out $13.4 billion. Large-cap funds (-$10.1 billion) experienced their thirtieth consecutive month of outflows. For November institutional investors once again made net purchases (+$2.7 billion) of World Equity Fund assets, while investors in loaded funds and no-load funds withdrew a net $3.8 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively. For the third consecutive month bond funds (+$20.6 billion) witnessed net purchases, and for the first month in four money market funds saw net inflows (+$54.9 billion).

Roseen put the gloomy picture for funds down to the difficulties in the investment markets. "Equity funds were on a wild rollercoaster ride during the month as new European debt concerns sent investors running toward the doors. Re......................

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