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Retail Investors Withdraw Record $3.3B from US Leveraged Loan Funds

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U.S. loan funds reported an outflow of $3.29 billion for the week ended Dec. 19, according to Lipper weekly reporters only. This is once again a record outflow for loan funds, easily surpassing last week’s $2.53 billion exit. Prior to that, the next largest outflow was back in August 2011 at negative $2.12 billion.

This is also the fifth consecutive week of withdrawals, totaling roughly $9.9 billion over that span. The four-week trailing average is now $2.05 billion, from negative $1.66 billion last week.

Mutual funds were tapped for a net $3 billion during the observation period, while a comparatively light $298.5 million was pulled from ETFs.

Outflows have now been logged in seven of the last nine weeks and that has taken the year-to-date total inflow to just $406 million, after cresting $11 billion in October.

The change due to market conditions last week was a decrease of $772.7 million, milder than last week’s $1.231 billion drop, which was the largest in four years. Total assets were roughly $95.3 billion at the end of the observation period and ETFs represent about 10% of that, at roughly $10.5 billion. — Jon Hemingway

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