The bond bubble debate might be closer to resolution. An analysis of data provided by the Investment Company Institute, a mutual fund industry trade organization, show bond fund asset inflows have outpaced equity fund inflows for 30 straight months through June.
Of the $10.5 trillion in assets currently held in mutual funds, taxable bond funds accounts for $2 trillion and municipal bond Funds account for $489 billion. In contrast, stock funds account for $4.6 trillion (with the remaining in taxable and non-taxable money market funds and stock/bond hybrid funds).
While total equity assets still dwarf that of bond funds, investors would need to go all the way back to December 2007 to find the last month equity inflows outperformed. It’s a trend similar to another time period of bond inflow outperformance that occurred in the mid-1980s.