Morningstar Reports U.S. Mutual Fund and ETF Asset Flows for December, Full-Year 2015

U.S. equity funds receive strongest flows in December despite calendar-year outflows

Jan 15, 2016, 13:40 ET from Morningstar, Inc.

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 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 December and full-year 2015. 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:

  • U.S. equity funds topped all category groups with inflows of $16.8 billion in December but ended 2015 with net outflows after two years of net inflows. International-equity funds led all category groups in terms of highest inflows for the calendar year, collecting $207.6 billion.
  • Taxable-bond funds sustained the worst outflows by category group in December, $29.0 billion, most of them driven by the high-yield category. The turbulence created by Third Avenue Management's announcement that it would liquidate its high-yield bond fund, Third Avenue Focused Credit, without allowing investors to redeem their shares right away, along with decreasing oil prices, led to December outflows of $11.2 billion for the category, the third-largest monthly outflow since 1993 when Morningstar's data began.
  • With a few exceptions, active funds suffered while their passive counterparts reaped the majority of inflows in December and throughout 2015. In December, two of only three firms with inflows to actively managed funds were those that specialize in the passive side of the business—Vanguard and State Street.
  • Franklin Templeton suffered heavy outflows in December, with two of the firm's fixed-income offerings leading the list of active funds with the highest outflows. Templeton Global Bond and Franklin Income had outflows of $2.2 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively.

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