(Bloomberg) -- This is normally a time of year when the individuals who own the majority of municipal debt collect coupon and principal payments and direct the cash back into the market. This year, they appear to be taking their money elsewhere.
Assets in muni mutual funds fell by $381 million in the week through June 3, the fifth-straight outflow, according to Lipper US Fund Flows data. It was only the second time in a decade that the funds have shrunk at the start of June, in part because it coincides with a period when investors get paid from maturing debt and interest. Taxable funds pulled in about $1.2 billion.