by Tom Roseen.
For the second month in a row investors were net redeemers of mutual fund assets, withdrawing $28.7 billion from the conventional funds (ex-ETFs) business for October. Rising interest rates and fears of slowing global growth weighed on flows into long-term funds. For the first month in eight the fixed income funds macro-group witnessed net outflows, handing back $20.4 billion for the month. And for the sixth consecutive month stock & mixed-asset funds witnessed net outflows (-$42.1 billion for October, their largest monthly net outflows since November 2016), while money market funds (+$33.8 billion, for their third month of inflows in four) witnessed the only net inflows.
For the fourth month in a row ETFs overall witnessed net inflows, taking in $5.7 billion for October. Authorized participants (APs, those investors who actually create and redeem ETF shares) were net purchasers of stock & mixed-asset ETFs, adding $9.8 billion to the equity ETF coffers. However, for the first month in 40 they were net redeemers of bond ETFs—withdrawing $4.1 billion for October. APs were net purchasers of only two of the five equity-based ETF macro-classifications: USDE ETFs (+$15.2 billion) and World Equity ETFs (+$6.7 billion), while being net redeemers of Sector Equity ETFs (-$11.5 billion), Alternatives ETFs (-$455 million), and Mixed-Asset ETFs (-$199 million). In this segment I highlight the October fund-flow results for both types of investment vehicles.
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