U.S. stock mutual funds received $2.7 billion in inflows in January, reversing four consecutive months of outflows. “I think investors are growing more comfortable coming back into the stock market after 2009’s rally,” Morningstar Senior Fund Analyst Sonya Morris told The Wall Street Journal. “They’re beginning to show signs of shaking off some of the fear that was induced from 2008’s downturn.”
In addition, international stock funds, which have taken in money in recent months, had strong sales of $8.1 billion in January. Still, bond funds remained the most popular category, netting $28 billion.