Mutual Fund News Roundup: September 25

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Mutual Fund News Roundup: September 25

Shauna O'Brien Sep 25, 2014

Staying on top of the most important mutual fund news is important for investors. Below, we highlight some recently reported mutual fund-focused news.

T. Rowe Price Launches Two New Mutual Funds

This week, T. Rowe Price (TROW) announced that it has launched two new mutual funds: International Concentrated Equity Fund (PRNCX) and Intermediate Tax-Free High Yield Fund (PRIHX)

International Concentrated Equity
The fund will be managed by Federico Santilli and will have a net expense ratio of 0.90%. The minimum initial investment for this fund is $2,500, or $1,000 for retirement accounts.

Intermediate Tax-Free High Yield Fund
This fund will be managed by James Murphy and will have a net expense ratio of 0.75%. The minimum initial investment for this fund $2,500, or $1,000 for retirement accounts.


Bond Funds Post $3.8 Billion in Outflows

According to reports released by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, for the week ended September 17, investors pulled $3.8 billion out of bond funds. This outflows marks the biggest withdraw so far in 2014.

High yield bond funds accounted for $3.2 billion of the outflows – the biggest withdraw in six weeks.

Stock funds saw a $5.5 billion inflow in new investor cash.


Mutual Fund Assets Drop $419 Million

For the week ended September 17, mutual funds saw $419 million in outflows.

Equity funds reported inflows of $157 million, compared to inflows of $1.26 billion the week prior. U.S. equity funds declined by $1.98 billion – offset by foreign equity fund inflows.

While investors removed a total of $1.27 billion from taxable funds, $517 million was added to municipal funds.

In addition, $179 million was added to hybrid funds, and money market funds grew by $22.72 billion.


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