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Retail investors pour massive $3.3B into US high yield funds/ETFs

U.S. high yield funds and ETFs saw a $3.28 billion inflow of investor cash during the week ended Jan. 16, the largest for the investor segment since December 2016, according to Lipper weekly reporters. The gain follows up on a $1 billion inflow the previous week, bringing the YTD number to a $3.7 billion net inflow.

The activity was evenly split during the week, with funds seeing $1.57 billion of inflows while ETFs saw $1.7 billion.

With the recent surge, the trailing four-week average is a $58.3 million outflow, down considerably from $1 billion a week ago. The change due to market value was plus $475 million.

Assets at U.S. high yield funds now stand at $190.5 billion, of which $41 billion come via ETFs.

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