(Reuters) – U.S.-based money-market funds attracted about $28 billion in the week ended Wednesday, their largest weekly inflow since mid-May, as the S&P 500 Index rose above 3,000 for the first time on Wednesday.
It was money funds’ third consecutive week of cash inflows, with a four-week moving average of $18.8 billion, according to data by Refinitiv’s Lipper.
The move in safe, conservative money-market funds is notable as the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 3,000 and over 27,000 for the first time, respectively, this week.
Earlier this year, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink pointed out that mom-and-pop investors were under-invested in equity markets and that the group could put money to work in U.S. stocks if markets continue to rise. “We have a risk of a melt-up, not a meltdown here,” Fink said at the time.
For the week ended Wednesday, U.S.-based equity funds – which include both mutual funds and exchange-traded funds – attracted just $1 billion in the week, following three weeks of cash withdrawals.
Pat Keon, senior research analyst at Lipper, said this week’s inflows stem from “the strength of equity ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) with plus-$4.3 billion of inflows, while equity mutual funds saw negative $3.3 billion leave their coffers – the group’s 21st straight week of net outflows.”
The flows into equity ETFs were concentrated in one product, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, which took in over $3.7 billion, Keon said.
“Domestic equity mutual funds were responsible for the lion’s share of the net outflows at negative $2.6 billion,” he said. “This is the continuation of a long-term trend as the group has had 22 straight weeks of net outflows for a total of -$87.1 billion.”
Reporting by Jennifer Ablan; Editing by Susan Thomas