CHICAGO, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) asset flows for April 2016. Investors continued to gravitate toward fixed income in April, adding $22.8 billion to taxable-bond funds and $5.9 billion to municipal-bond funds. Meanwhile, all equity category groups sustained outflows on the heels of weak U.S. corporate earnings and a disappointing employment report. Active equity funds bore the brunt of these outflows. Morningstar estimates net flow for mutual funds by computing the change in assets not explained by the performance of the fund and net flow for ETFs by computing the change in shares outstanding.
Highlights from Morningstar's report about U.S. asset flows in April:
- International-equity funds posted their first outflow since October 2014. Although international-equity flows had been positive until April, they have significantly decreased and are well below the inflow levels seen in the first half of 2015.
- American Funds overtook Fidelity in April to become the second-largest fund company in terms of assets under management, after Vanguard. American Funds and Vanguard were the only firms with sizable active-fund inflows; Vanguard, iShares, DFA, and Fidelity enjoyed passive inflows.
- Intermediate-term bond held on to its spot as the Morningstar Category with the highest inflows for another month, followed by large blend, which was buoyed by inflows to Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, which has a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold, and iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility. After a $10.7 billion inflow in March, high-yield bond disappeared from the list of top-flowing categories in April.
- Metropolitan West Total Return Bond, which has a Gold Morningstar Analyst Rating, reclaimed its spot as the active fund with the greatest monthly inflows after a notable absence. Each of the five top-flowing passive funds were Vanguard offerings.
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