Market Flows

Morningstar Reports U.S. Mutual Fund and ETF Asset Flows for Full-Year and December 2017

For 2017: $220.4B into passive funds, $207.5B out of active funds

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CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 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 full-year and December 2017.

In 2017, investors placed $220.4 billion into U.S. equity passive funds and pulled $207.5 billion out of U.S. equity active funds. In December 2017, investors saw $22.5 billion of inflows to U.S. equity passive funds, and on the active front, the category had $16.3 billion of outflows. 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.

Intermediate-term bonds and foreign large blends remain the leaders

Morningstar’s report about U.S. asset flows for the full-year and December 2017 is available below. Highlights from the report include:

Overall, open-end mutual funds and ETFs received a record influx of money in 2017: $685.9 billion. Taxable bond was the leading category group for the year with $388.8 billion in flows overall. The trend was the same for December 2017; taxable bonds saw $26.1 billion in overall flows last month.

The two Morningstar Categories with the highest inflows in December remained the same: intermediate-term bond and foreign large blend. Large blend landed third on the top-flowing list despite $3.9 billion in outflows on the active side. The two Categories with the largest outflows were large growth and high-yield bond.

Among top U.S. fund families in December, PIMCO and Dimensional Fund Advisors were the leaders in active flows with $3.0 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively. Franklin Templeton and Fidelity continued to sustain outflows from their active funds as they did in November. On the passive front, Vanguard was the top fund family, with inflows of $22.2 billion, followed by BlackRock/iShares with inflows of $9.0 billion.

The two Morningstar Categories with the highest inflows in December remained the same: intermediate-term bond and foreign large blend

The active fund with the highest inflow in 2017 was PIMCO Income, which has a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Silver, at $31.2 billion in new flows for the year and $2.3 billion for the month of December. Gold-rated Oakmark International was the top beneficiary of the sustained international-equity flows in 2017.

The active fund with the largest outflow in 2017 was Bronze-rated Harbor International. BlackRock Global Allocation followed on the bottom-flowing list for full-year flows.

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