Morningstar Reports U.S. Mutual Fund and Exchange-Traded Fund Flows for January 2021

CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. <a target="_blank"…

CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) flows for January 2021. For the month of January, long-term mutual funds and ETFs collected $95 billion. U.S. equity funds had outflows of $38 billion in January, with approximately $26 billion of that from actively managed funds and $12 billion from passively managed funds.

Morningstar’s report about U.S. fund flows for January 2021 is available here. Additional highlights from the report include:

  • Among U.S. category groups, taxable-bond funds dominated, with $79 billion of inflows in January and $459 billion of inflows over the trailing 12 months, the most by far for any group.
  • Investors continued to pour assets into intermediate core bond and intermediate core-plus bond funds, which each saw near-record inflows of more than $25 billion and $13 billion, respectively.
  • Municipal-bond funds saw a record of $15.9 billion of inflows, potentially in anticipation of increased federal support for cash-strapped municipalities.
  • Sector-equity funds took in $18 billion, their fourth-straight month of gains, powered by big flows into financial and clean-energy ETFs.
  • At the fund level, passive bond funds attracted the largest inflows in January. Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index topped the list with $6.9 billion of inflows. In addition, Ark Innovation ETF joined the top 10 for the second month in a row with $3 billion of inflows.
  • Equity funds dominated the list of funds with the biggest outflows, with SPDR S&P 500 ETF seeing nearly $12 billion of outflows. Other large funds, such as Vanguard Institutional Index and iShares Core S&P 500 ETF, posted multibillion-dollar outflows.
  • Vanguard led all fund families with $38 billion of long-term fund inflows during January, with its taxable-bond funds taking in the most among major categories with $27 billion. State Street Global Advisors had the month’s heaviest outflows at $5 billion.

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