Release: Combined Estimated Long-Term Flows and ETF Net Issuance

Combined Estimated Long-Term Fund Flows and ETF Net Issuance

Washington, DC; May 12, 2021—Total estimated inflows1 to long-term mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were $25.12 billion for the week ended May 5, 2021, the Investment Company Institute reported today. Estimated mutual fund inflows were $8.16 billion while estimated net issuance for ETFs was $16.95 billion. Reports of long-term flow estimates and ETF net issuance are available on the ICI website.

Estimated Fund Flows
Millions of dollars
  5/5/2021 4/28/2021 4/21/2021 4/14/2021 4/7/2021
Equity 9,342 -22,458 8,425 11,379 13,283
     Domestic 5,252 -17,873 426 4,838 4,810
     World 4,090 -4,585 7,999 6,541 8,473
Hybrid -1,370 1,291 823 1,155 791
Bond 16,594 19,161 17,378 18,005 21,623
     Taxable 15,381 16,302 14,421 15,211 19,102
     Municipal 1,213 2,859 2,957 2,794 2,521
Commodity 550 119 -161 -498 -466
Total 25,116 -1,887 26,464 30,041 35,230

Note: Components may not add to the total because of rounding. Includes funds not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Equity funds2 had estimated inflows of $9.34 billion for the week, compared to estimated outflows of $22.46 billion in the previous week. Domestic equity funds had estimated inflows of $5.25 billion, and world equity funds had estimated inflows of $4.09 billion.

Hybrid funds2—which can invest in stocks and fixed-income securities—had estimated outflows of $1.37 billion for the week, compared to estimated inflows of $1.29 billion in the previous week.

Bond funds2 had estimated inflows of $16.59 billion for the week, compared to estimated inflows of $19.16 billion during the previous week. Taxable bond funds saw estimated inflows of $15.38 billion, and municipal bond funds had estimated inflows of $1.21 billion.

Commodity funds2—which are ETFs (both registered and not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940) that invest primarily in commodities, currencies, and futures—had estimated inflows of $550 million for the week, compared to estimated inflows of $119 million in the previous week.

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Notes: Weekly fund flows are estimates that represent industry totals, based on reporting covering more than 98 percent of mutual fund and ETF assets. Actual mutual fund net new cash flows and ETF net issuance are collected and reported separately on a monthly basis; therefore, there are differences between these weekly estimates and the monthly flows. Data for previous weeks reflect revisions because of data adjustments, reclassifications, and changes in the number of funds reporting. Historical flow data are available on the ICI website.

ENDNOTES

1 Mutual fund data represent estimates of net new cash flow, which is new sales minus redemptions combined with net exchanges, while exchange-traded fund (ETF) data represent net issuance, which is gross issuance less gross redemptions. Data for mutual funds that invest primarily in other mutual funds and ETFs that invest primarily in other ETFs were excluded from the series.

2 ICI classifies mutual funds and ETFs based on language in the fund prospectus. For a detailed description of ICI classifications, please see ICI Open-End Investment Objective Definitions or ICI ETF Investment Objective Definitions.