Actively managed funds had their worst month ever
The big picture: This is the continuation of a long-running theme on Wall Street. Institutional investors, retail investors, high net-worth individuals and even some endowments and pension funds are consistently moving away from asset managers and into low-fee passive strategies.
- Actively managed funds saw nearly $143 billion of outflows in December, their worst month on record.
- Total outflows for 2018 climbed to $301 billion, just below of 2016's record $320 billion of outflows.
- Investors generally blamed volatility and the down market, but passive funds pulled in almost $60 billion in December, Morningstar's data shows.
- Overall, long-term U.S. funds had their greatest monthly outflows in December since October 2008, with $83 billion of cashflow moving out of the investments.