CHICAGO, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund asset flows for March 2014. Investors added $39.2 billion to long-term mutual funds in March, driven by continued strong flows to developed international markets and a rebound in flows to intermediate-term bond funds. 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 on mutual fund flows:
- Core intermediate-term bond funds saw inflows of $4.3 billion, their first monthly intake in 11 months. Excluding outflows of $3.1 billion from PIMCO Total Return, intermediate-term bond funds collected inflows of $7.4 billion.
- In March, Fidelity transferred $6.5 billion from equity mutual funds to collective investment trusts. This move dragged down inflows for U.S.-equity mutual funds, which totaled $2.8 billion for the month. But because of this transfer, these mild inflows do not necessarily reflect negative investor sentiment toward equities.
- Excluding the transfer of Fidelity's mutual fund assets to collective investment trusts, PIMCO was the only fund provider among the top 10 to see net outflows in the first quarter.
- Among international-equity funds, which took in $11.0 billion in March, foreign large blend led all categories with inflows of $6.6 billion. Diversified emerging-markets funds rebounded from February outflows to attract inflows of $1.1 billion in March.
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