U.S. domestic stock funds have been being sold off by retail investors for so long that even the Investment Company Institute got used to saying the word, "outflow." See correction I received just now.
CORRECTION: During the week ending 1/9/2013, equity funds had estimated inflows of $14.33 billion (NOT outflows, as previously stated). We apologize for the inconvenience.
From:ICI Public Communications
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:09 PM
Subject: ICI REPORTS ESTIMATED LONG-TERM MUTUAL FUND FLOWS
ICI Reports EstimatedLong-TermMutual Fund Flows
Washington, DC, January 23, 2013—Total estimated inflows to long-term mutual funds were $22.04 billion for the week ended Wednesday, January 16, 2013, the Investment Company Institute reported today. Flow estimates are derived from data collected covering more than 95 percent of industry assets and are adjusted to represent industry totals.
Estimated Flows to Long-Term Mutual Funds
Hybrid funds, which can invest in stocks and fixed income securities, had estimated inflows of $2.12 billion for the week, compared to estimated inflows of $2.80 billion in the previous week.
Bond funds had estimated inflows of $10.60 billion, compared to estimated inflows of $9.42 billion during the previous week. Taxable bond funds saw estimated inflows of $8.36 billion, while municipal bond funds had estimated inflows of $2.24 billion.
Data for previous weeks reflect revisions due to data adjustments, reclassifications, and changes in the number of funds reporting. Historical flow data is available on the ICI website.