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Have U.S. Equity Funds Turned a Corner?

These funds have been in positive-flow territory for four consecutive months, though taxable-bond funds continued to dominate the fund-flows story in February.

Taxable-bond funds remained the undisputed favorites in February, attracting $35.5 billion in estimated net flows.

U.S. equity funds, however, received double the flows they had taken in the previous month. Even more interesting, the overall increase did not come from expanding flows on the passive side, as one might expect. Instead, the increase came from a reduction in outflows on the active side. Active U.S. equity funds only lost $8.9 billion in February compared with $20.8 billion in January. U.S. equity has been in positive-flow territory for four consecutive months now, a feat not witnessed since September through December 2014.

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