Net inflows into U.S. stock and bond mutual funds dipped 17% in April, a new survey reveals.
Strategic Insight, New York, published this finding in a summary of results from a report on open-end and closed-end mutual funds, excluding exchange-traded funds and funds underlying variable annuities.
Net inflows into long-term U.S. stock and bond mutual funds in April totaled $26.5 billion. This compares with net inflows of $32 billion in March.
The report attributes the decline to “continued uncertainty over the U.S. economy and the economic and fiscal status of the Eurozone.” In April, the report says, domestic equity funds saw net outflows of nearly $6 billion, during a month of lackluster U.S. stock demand: The benchmark S&P 500 Index generated a total return of -0.6% in April amid trading volumes that were down more than 8% from the trailing 12-month average.
That brought total US equity fund flows to -$6 billion for the first four months of 2012, a sharp reversal from the first four months of 2011, when U.S. equity funds enjoyed cumulative net inflows of $41.9 billion.