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Investors Turn to Taxable-Bond, Commodity Funds in February

Meanwhile, outflows from active U.S. equity funds and inflows to passive funds continued.

Rocked by tumultuous markets in January, fund investors flocked to the perceived safety of bonds and gold in February.

Taxable-bond funds experienced nearly $8 billion in estimated net flows--more than any other category group overall. The U.S. equity group continued to experience outflows, but at a much lower rate than January. International equity, after being the leader for many months, received smaller but still positive flows in February--most of which was on the active side. Finally, commodities experienced another positive month, attracting a much larger inflow than in January, most of it driven again by investors piling into gold-related funds.