CHICAGO, April 25, 2018 /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 March 2018. In March, investors pulled $10.5 billion out of U.S. equity passive funds, compared with $8.4 billion in the previous month. On the active front, investors pulled $11.0 billion, compared with $17.7 billion in February. 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.
Morningstar's report about U.S. asset flows for March 2018 is available here. Highlights from the report include:
Taxable-bond and international-equity funds were the leading category groups, with flows of $15.9 billion and $13.3 billion, respectively.
March's inflows across all category groups were nearly $13.4 billion, compared with $7.7 in outflows in February.
The Morningstar Categories with the highest inflows in March were foreign large-blend, ultrashort bond, and intermediate bond funds with inflows of $13.5 billion, $6.0 billion and $4.8 billion, respectively. On the bottom-flowing list in March, large blend continued to see the most outflows of $19.0 billion while high-yield bond experienced outflows for the sixth consecutive month.
Among top U.S. fund families, Vanguard was the leader in overall flows with $14.8 billion in March and approximately $59.0 billion for the quarter, down from the $116.5 billion collected in 2017's first quarter, and which represents the fourth consecutive quarter of declining inflows.
Among all U.S. open-end mutual funds and ETFs, Vanguard Total International Stock Index, which has a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold, had the highest inflows of $5.3 billion. Silver-rated iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF and Gold-rated Vanguard Total Stock Market Index followed with inflows of $4.7 billion and $4.6 billion, respectively. On the bottom-flowing list in March, Gold-rated SPDR S&P 500 ETF had the highest outflows of $15.0 billion.
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