Morningstar reported this week estimated U.S. mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) asset flows for February 2015. Positive economic indicators and a six percent gain for the S&P 500 during the month renewed investor confidence in stocks, but once again, it was passively managed international- and U.S.-equity funds that reaped the rewards.
Morningstar estimates net flow for mutual funds by computing the change in assets not explained by the performance of the fund and net flow for ETFs by computing the change in shares outstanding.
Additional highlights from Morningstar’s report about U.S. asset flows in February:
- Taxable-bond funds collected approximately $28.5 billion in February, their largest monthly inflows since January 2013. The fixed-income category with the greatest inflows was high-yield bond, which tends to do well in a rising interest-rate environment. Utilities funds had the largest February outflows.
- Vanguard continued to dominate inflows among passive providers and took the lead among active providers in February. Also on the active side, J.P. Morgan remained the top provider in terms of one-year inflows.
- Another month of redemptions brought PIMCO’s total losses to $174.9 billion since January 2014, a decrease in assets of 33 percent. In the six months since PIMCO co-founder Bill Gross’ departure, PIMCO Total Return, which has a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Bronze, has shed $99.4 billion.
- Outflows from PIMCO continued to benefit other intermediate-term bond funds. TCW and Dodge & Cox have enjoyed consistent inflows to Metropolitan West Total Return Bond and Dodge & Cox Income, respectively, which both have Gold Analyst Ratings.