Cash flow into the nation’s stock mutual funds dropped by almost half in the month of June, according to data released today by the Investment Company Institute (ICI). Equity portfolios took in $6.13 billion in June, versus an inflow of $11.21 billion in May.
The ICI said among stock funds, world equity funds (funds that invest primarily overseas) posted an inflow of $4.41 billion in June, versus an inflow of $6.02 billion in May. Funds that invest primarily in the U.S. had an inflow of $1.72 billion in June, far below the $5.19 billion inflow recorded in May.
Louis Harvey, president of Dalbar Inc., a Boston-based mutual fund consultant, does not attribute the drop-off to the summer doldrums. “I think investors are looking in their rear-view mirror,” he said, citing that while stock market returns were generally pretty good in June, equity performance in the first quarter of 2005 was mediocre to poor. “Advisors who sell funds have to show a track record, and returns from the first quarter were not attractive,” he added.
Year-to-date through the end of June, stock funds have received about $73.45 billion in net new cash, well below the $118.12 billion figure recorded in the year-ago period.
Long-term funds — stock, bond, and hybrid funds — collectively had a net inflow of of $12.21 billion in June, compared with net inflow of $17.01 billion in May.