Equity funds experienced inflows of $3.04 billion in December, after inflows of $15.30 billion during the previous month, the Investment Company Institute reported today. That brings total net flows into equity funds in 2001 to just $32.25 billion, compared to 2000 when more than $309 billion was poured into stock funds, a decline of nearly 90%.

Money market funds underwent a substantial turnaround in December with outflows of $25.63 billion, according to the ICI. In November, more than $60 billion went into money funds. For the year, money market funds had net flows of $374.64 billion, over 90% of which went into institutional money funds.

Bond funds had outflows of $2.07 billion in December, the ICI said. Still, in 2001 bond funds took in $87.4 billion in net flows. In 2000, bond funds experienced outflows of nearly $50 billion.

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