CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 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 September 2016. Assets continued to exit active U.S.-equity funds, with an estimated $23.6 billion in outflows in September, slightly down from August's $25.4 billion. U.S. equity attracted steady flows on the passive side, with an estimated inflow of $19.3 billion in September, up from August's $16.4 billion. 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 September:
- International equity experienced a slowdown in flows on the passive side: only $2.1 billion in September compared with $6.4 billion in August, caused by a decrease in emerging-markets inflows seen during the previous few months.
- Taxable-bond funds continued their undisputed rule as the category group with the highest inflows in September, receiving $10.4 billion on the active side and $12.9 billion on the passive side.
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Index posted a 1.3 percent return in September. Flows into emerging-markets funds remained positive, but diminished considerably from July and August.
- The top Morningstar category remains unchanged from August: intermediate-term bond. However, intermediate-term bond was joined by the short and ultrashort bond categories on the list of top inflows. The bottom five categories were also little changed from last month, with large growth, world allocation, and Europe stock sustaining the largest outflows. WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity and its Deutsche counterpart, Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Europe Hedged Equity, continued to suffer outflows.
- In September, all top 10 providers except Vanguard and State Street, which are known as passive specialists, experienced outflows on the active side.
- Vanguard continues to be the top passive provider in September with nearly $21.0 billion in inflows. State Street fell to fourth place behind Vanguard, iShares, and Fidelity, with $1.5 billion in inflows.
- Fidelity continued to receive inflows to its passive products after lowering fees three months ago. However, the company still experienced a $3.4 billion outflow on the active side.
- Prudential Total Return Bond, an intermediate-term bond fund that carries a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Bronze, emerged as the leader in top-flowing active funds.
- After garnering an $11.1 billion inflow in July, SPY attracted $0.6 billion in August, which is more in line with the general trend of investors moving away from the U.S. market. September's $1.2 billion outflow could indicate that active managers were temporarily placing assets in SPY before reallocating to other asset classes.
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