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Investors Remain Infatuated with Bond Funds in April

International-equity funds experience outflows, American Funds overtakes Fidelity in terms of assets, and the large-blend category enjoys inflows thanks to two funds.

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Investors continued to gravitate toward fixed income for the third consecutive month in April. Taxable- and municipal-bond funds were the highest-receiving Morningstar category groups, with estimated net inflows of $22.8 billion and $5.9 billion, respectively. Taxable bonds received balanced inflows on both the active and passive side; municipal bonds received a majority of the inflows on the active side (not surprising, since there aren’t many passive municipal-bond fund options out there).

All the equity category groups (and allocation) sustained outflows in April on the heels of weak U.S. corporate earnings and a disappointing employment report, which fueled concerns that the U.S. economy might be losing momentum. Active equity funds once again bore the brunt of these outflows; all flows into passive equity funds were positive, although not large enough to drag the overall flows into positive territory.

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