Talk about a bummer of a summer. Following on the heels of massive outflows in June and July, TrimTabs Investment Research reported on Wednesday that bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds have already redeemed $30.3 billion in August through Monday. This month’s outflow is already the third-highest on record.
“The $114.1 billion in redemptions since the start of June marks an enormous shift for the bond world,” David Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs, said in a statement. “Before June, bond funds posted inflows for 21 consecutive months.”
TrimTabs reported that the heavy selling in August follows a record outflow of $69.1 billion in June and an additional outflow of $14.8 billion in July.
“The record inflows into bond funds in the previous four years likely account for the intensity of the recent redemptions,” Santschi added. “A staggering $1.20 trillion poured into bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds from 2009 through 2012. Many investors probably didn’t grasp the interest rate risk they were taking. Now that they’re suffering losses in funds they regarded as ‘safe,’ they want out fast.”