Net cash flows into stock mutual funds set a record in 2000, when $309.3 billion flowed into the funds, surpassing the previous record of $227.1 billion set in 1997 by over 36 percent and 1999's total of $187.7 billion by nearly 65 percent, according to the Investment Company Institute of Washington, D.C.

The record fund flows occurred despite the fact that the Dow and the S&P 500 fell and the Nasdaq plummeted during the year.

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