Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead, and June was still a dismal month for bond fund and bond ETF flows.
Morningstar confirmed on Friday previously reported figures that found investors withdrew an estimated $43.8 billion from taxable-bond funds and $16.4 billion from municipal-bond funds, making June the worst month on record for bond funds in terms of total outflows.
Long-term funds overall shed $47.3 billion, the largest monthly outflow since $105.6 billion in October 2008. The Chicago-based research and reporting firm estimates net flows by computing the change in assets not explained by the performance of the fund.
Morningstar specifically noted that intermediate-term bond funds lost $24.4 billion in June, dragged down by outflows of $9.6 billion from PIMCO Total Return. DoubleLine Total Return saw redemptions of $1.2 billion, its first monthly outflow. Other weak-performing bond categories included long government, emerging-markets bond, and inflation-protected bond.