Long-term mutual funds fell $879 million in the latest week as investors pulled money from domestic stock funds and bonds; Equity mutual funds have recorded weekly gains for most of 2013, after investors had avoided them in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis

August 21, 2013, 8:50 p.m. ET

Long-Term Funds Drop

NATHALIE TADENA

Long-term mutual funds fell $879 million in the latest week as investors pulled money from domestic stock funds and bonds, according to the Investment Company Institute. Equity mutual funds have recorded weekly gains for most of 2013, after investors had avoided them in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, bond funds have recorded outflows in recent weeks amid a recent run-up in interest rates. For the week ended Aug. 14, equity funds had inflows of $1.49 billion, down from prior-week inflows of $3.41 billion. Domestic equity funds declined by $764 million, while foreign equity funds gained $2.26 billion.Bond funds had outflows of $3.92 billion, compared with outflows of $2.09 billion in the previous week. Taxable bond funds slipped by $1.84 billion while municipal bond funds were down $2.09 billion.

Hybrid funds, which can invest in stocks and fixed-income securities, had inflows of $1.55 billion, compared with prior-week inflows of $1.33 billion.

Meanwhile, assets in money-market funds increased by $4.1 billion in the latest week as prime, government and tax-free funds all recorded gains, according to iMoneyNet.

Money-market funds are widely owned by retail investors, companies and others looking for a safe place to put their cash. iMoneyNet has reported fund inflows for four consecutive weeks.

For the week ended Tuesday, total assets in money-market funds increased to $2.614 trillion, iMoneyNet said.

The firm’s read on the seven-day yield for taxable money-market funds held steady at 0.01%. The Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting panel, plans to keep interest rates at exceptionally low levels until the U.S. economy shows signs of solid growth.

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