CHICAGO, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund asset flows for July 2014. Investors withdrew money from U.S. equity funds for the third-consecutive month, and the pace of outflows increased to $11.4 billion in July from $8.3 billion in June and $6.9 billion in May. Overall, flows into long-term mutual funds remained positive in July at $14.4 billion, but this total is noticeably lower than in recent months. Morningstar estimates net flow by computing the change in assets not explained by the performance of the fund. Click here for a full explanation of Morningstar's methodology.
Additional highlights from Morningstar's report about mutual fund flows in July:
- Taxable-bond funds continued to see strong inflows despite declining interest rates. For the past three months, taxable-bond funds have seen the greatest inflows among all category groups.
- Despite the strong month for the taxable-bond category group overall, high-yield bond funds saw outflows of $7.9 billion in July after much milder redemptions of $466 million in June and inflows of more than $1.2 billion in each of the previous months of this year except January. Bank-loan funds also saw sizeable outflows of $1.9 billion.
- Even though U.S. equity funds saw outflows, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, Vanguard Institutional Index, and Vanguard Total International Stock Index recorded July inflows of $2.6 billion, $2.2 billion, and $1.8 billion, respectively. With four of the five top-flowing funds for the month, Vanguard topped all providers in terms of July inflows, while Fidelity suffered the greatest provider-level outflows as a result of large redemptions from two of its flagship active U.S. equity funds.
- Passive funds continued to dominate, collecting $14.1 billion in July compared with inflows of $0.3 billion for active funds.
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