Investors pull $25.8 billion from U.S. equity funds: BofA

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(Reuters) – pulled a massive $25.8 billion out of U.S. equity funds in the week to Wednesday, the third biggest outflow ever from the asset class, BofA’s weekly fund flow report showed on Friday.

Money was sucked out of sectors which have been the main beneficiaries of the rebound in the wake of the Covid19 March crash, said BofA analysts, citing data for the week to Sept. 23 from financial flow tracking firm EPFR.

Technology stock suffered $1 billion of outflows, the largest since June 2019, while U.S. blue chips haemorrhaged $11.6 billion.

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The S&P 500 has lost 7.2% so far in , its first negative monthly performance since March with the Nasdaq pulling back more than 10%.

“We don’t expect big bear move when Fed so easy, flushed with cash, vaccine strong”, BofA analysts however commented, adding a correction in September and October typically corresponded to a “midlife crisis phase of the year”.

Other big movements in investment flows this week included high-yield bond funds suffering their largest outflows since March, losing $5.4 billion.

It was also the 12th straight week of inflows for emerging market funds while bond funds more broadly added $1.3 billion.

(This story corrects date in the second paragraph to Sept. 23)

Source: Investing.com

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