Everyone Is Still Selling: Biggest Monthly Outflow From Global Stocks Since US Downgrade

buyers and sellersTyler Durden:  One recurring question over the past few weeks has been “who is buying” stocks in a world in which not only the smart money, but everyone else too is selling.

The latest Lipper data will not provide the answer because as BofA reports, in the latest week there was another $7.4bn in outflows (the 5th straight week) driven by $4.8bn in mutual fund outflows and $2.7bn ETF outflows, leading to a $44bn equity exodus past 5 weeks, which as Michael Hartnett points out is the “largest redemption period since Aug’11″, or when the US downgrade sent US stocks into a bear market tailspin.


Digging into equity flows we find the following:

  • Europe: $3.9bn outflows (14 straight weeks = longest streak since Feb’08)
  • EM: $2.3bn outflows (largest in 16 weeks)
  • Japan: ekes out $88mn inflows (ends 8 straight weeks of outflows)
  • US: $2.2bn outflows (outflows in 4 of past 5 weeks)

By sector, 12 straight weeks of REITs inflows ($0.8bn); 4 straight weeks of tech outflows ($0.2bn); first outflows from financials in 4 weeks ($0.4bn)

Some other fund flow findings:

  • Bonds: $3.5bn inflows (inflows in 10 of past 11 weeks)
  • Precious metals: $1.0bn inflows (inflows in 17 of past 18 weeks)
  • Money-markets: $10.9bn inflows (largest in 13 weeks)


Michael Hartnett summarizes the longer term flow trends: bonds & gold over stocks, IG over HY, TIPS & munis over Treasuries; Big $2.3bn EM equity outflow (largest in 16 weeks); accelerating outflows from Europe; 4th consecutive week of redemptions from tech funds, 12th week of inflows to REITs; Risk-off $10.9bn inflows to money market fund.

Trend from active to passive continues apace ($1.2tn to equity ETFs, $0.9tn from mutual funds since 2007 – Chart 1)

BofAML private client allocations to bond & equity ETF’s up from 3% of AUM in 2009 to 9% today

In conclusion, here is Michael Hartnett’s take on markets whilch “look” better than they “feel”

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