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Equity Fund Inflows Decline About 50% in March

April 11, 1997|From Bloomberg News

The U.S. mutual fund industry estimated Thursday that about $9.5 billion went into equity mutual funds in March, down about 50% from February.

The inflow figure is the lowest since July, when equity funds attracted $5.75 billion, according to the Boston-based Investment Company Institute, a trade group.

The report comes at a time when the 6 1/2-year bull market is showing signs of strain. The Dow Jones industrial average has fallen about 7.7% since closing at its record high of 7,085.16 on March 11. The blue-chip-stock average closed down 23.79 points Thursday at 6,540.05.

Some investors have responded to stocks' decline by shifting a portion of their assets to low-risk money market funds, fund companies said. Investors who are buying into stock funds are tending toward those, such as growth-and-income funds, that are more conservatively managed, the companies said.

As for bond funds, the ICI said an estimated $1 billion less went into bond funds in March. About $2.17 billion went into bond funds in February; January's figure was about $3.4 billion.

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