(Reuters) – Investors withdrew record amounts of money from bond and equity funds in March while money market funds showed record inflows, as the prospect of a massive economic downturn due to coronavirus rattled nerves, according to the latest data from Lipper.
While investors withdrew $132.6 billion from stock and mixed equity funds – a record outflow going back to at least 2008 – they also pulled an unprecedented $265 billion from bond funds in the same timeframe, according to Lipper.
Although bonds are often seen as a safer bet than equities in a downturn, people were so “ultra nervous” they became concerned about whether even high quality debt could be serviced because of the downturn, according to Tom Roseen, the head of research services at Refinitiv Lipper.
“It’s mom and pop investors saying they were concerned the bond funds could go into default and they’d lose their money,” said Roseen.
But he noted that record inflows of $681 billion into money market…