Equity and balanced funds containing a mix of stocks and bonds will take in a record $330 billion this year, according to Strategic Insight. This will top $307 billion these funds reaped in 2000.

If the stock markets continue to deliver strong performance in 2005, equity and balanced funds could take in even more money in the New Year, said Avi Nachmany, head of research at Strategic Insight. "This record reflects extraordinary investment and personal confidence among individual investors in America and should signal further interest in such investments during 2005," Nachmany said.

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