The 1976 film “All the President’s Men” made famous the line "follow the money" and inspired an entire generation of muckraking journalists. Now some analysts at Standard & Poor's are saying their research shows this philosophy could also serve as a good starting point for identifying strong-performing mutual funds.

In a report titled Follow the Mutual Fund Money Flow, the report's authors conclude that "one of the central tools for surmising investor sentiment is money flow -- the rate that money is going in and out of a financial investment."

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