Investors Pivot Back to Mutual Funds

After seeking other avenues to put their money to work during the five-year period following the 2008 financial crisis, investors have flocked back to equity mutual funds over the last 18 months. During the 2008-2012 timeframe, equity funds had average annual net outflows of roughly $86 billion, while taxable bond funds had average annual net inflows of more than $193 billion. Equity fund net outflows peaked at $200.9 billion during 2008, the year of the financial meltdown, and investors did not completely embrace equity funds again until 2013, when net inflows of more than $194 billion went into equity funds. Investors have continued to seek equity funds in 2014; equity fundsí year-to-date net inflows of $93.5 billion put their 18-month total at $287.9 billion.

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