Fidelity slid in net new inflows rankings for January, according to Financial Research Corporation. Boston-based Fidelity's net new client investment in its stock and bond mutual funds fell from fourth place to seventh place in January, or a 77% decline to $1.24 billion from the $5.3 billion it received in January 2004.

While fund companies such as PIMCO, T. Rowe Price and Dodge & Cox overtook Fidelity in January, Fidelity's fall was mirrored by the fund industry as a whole. Overall, net new inflows plunged to $20.2 billion in January from $48.6 billion in the year-ago period.

American Funds, the industry leader, which saw a 24% decline in new money, had six of the month's 10 best-selling mutual funds. Fidelity had only one.

Putnam Investments continued to struggle, with net outflows for January standing at $2.47 billion. State Street Global Advisors, on the other hand, took in $698 million, thanks to its new gold fund.

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