For the second consecutive week, equity exchange-traded funds experienced net outflows, handing back some $2.8 billion, while conventional mutual fund took in $500 million.
The inflows marked the 22nd consecutive week of net inflows, according toLipper's data.
Given the recent concerns over Chinas slowing growth rate, interest-rate-sensitive securities and defensive issues, and tapering quantitative easing, it wasnt surprising to seeSPDR S&P 500 ETF(-$2.6 billion),iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Fund(-$2.2 million), andHealth Care Select Sector SPDR(-$0.5 million) at the bottom of the pack for ETFs, according toTom Roseen, head of research at Lipper.
While their interest was waning, mutual fund (ex-ETFs) investors kept their focus on equity mutual funds, injecting a net $0.5 billion for the week, wrote Roseen.
Domestic equity funds witnessed their first net redemptions in six weeks, handing back $769 million, while their nondomestic equity fund counterparts took in almost $1.3 billion, bringing in net new money for 23 of the last 24 weeks. On the domestic side investors appeared to give a cold shoulder to large-cap funds, redeeming some $628 million net from the group. Mutual fund investors once again embraced emerging market funds, injecting a net $1.9 billion into this group.