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ETF Flows Cool Off as Stocks Stumble Out of the Gate

Tepid ETF flows accompanied turbulent markets in January.

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Global stock markets hit reverse in January 2022 after barreling full speed ahead last year. The Morningstar Global Markets Index--a broad gauge of global equities--followed last year's 17.8% return in 2021 with a 5.2% slide last month. That was the benchmark's worst monthly showing since its pandemic-fueled 14.2% drawdown in March 2020. Bonds offered no shelter. The Morningstar US Core Bond Index retreated 2.1% in January, its worst month since November 2016.

Ryan Jackson does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.