Through August 31, 2009, more than $226 billion flowed into U.S. open-end funds, according to the latest data compiled by Morningstar. “Fund firms are close to making up the ground lost in the second half of 2008, when investors pulled $251 billion out of mutual funds,” says Sonya Morris, CFA, editorial director of Morningstar.
Investors put more than $54 billion into U.S. open-end mutual funds in August, the largest inflow since February 2007. In the first eight months of the year, the vast majority of inflows have been to fixed-income funds, Morningstar data shows: About 60 percent of August’s flows went to taxable-bond six-fold in the past decade.
For its part, Franklin Templeton has been lifted by its fixed-income offering. The Templeton Global Bond Fund “skillfully navigated last year’s difficult conditions despite a hefty stake in emerging-markets bonds,” says Morris, and it took in $1.3 billion in August and more than $5 billion so far this year.
In terms of performance, the Dodge & Cox International Fund is up 36 percent for the year-to-date period, which means it is outperforming 94 percent of all category competitors, reports Morningstar.
And the Dodge & Cox Stock Fund has gained almost 20 percent so far this year, putting it in the large-value category’s top 20 percent.
Most major fund firms had inflows in August, according to Morningstar, with investors sending $3.4 billion to Fidelity funds in August. The firm has seen net inflows of $15 billion year to date.