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New Year, Not-So-New Trends in Fund Flows

January fund flows set a new monthly record with taxable bond funds continuing to dominate.

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Flows for all category groups totaled $128.1 billion in January, setting a monthly record. The previous largest flow, $116.2 billion, occurred in January 2013.

The taxable bond category topped all categories, receiving a total inflow of $47.0 billion, almost equally distributed between active and passive. International equity attracted $41.9 billion, with the majority of those flows going to passive funds. In fact, the international equity category group attracted its largest monthly flow since April 2015.

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Alina Lamy does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.