Investors’ embrace of risk is approaching levels not seen since the height of the dot-com bubble.
This year through Oct. 25, some $277 billion has flowed into stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds – the most since the technology stock bubble 13 years ago, according to TrimTabs.
U.S. stock mutual funds and ETFs have taken in $123 billion of investor money, the first net inflow since before the 2008 financial crisis. Global stock mutual funds and ETFs have taken in $154 billion, the fifth year in a row of net inflow.
Equities have gained popularity again as the threat of rising interest rates chases investors away from the bond market, and as some Internet companies make headline-grabbing initial public offerings, including Facebook last year and the pending debut of Twitter.
Investors have pulled $31 billion out of bond mutual funds and ETFs this year, the first annual outflow since $7 billion in 2004 and the biggest outflow since 2000, according to TrimTabs.