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JPMorgan Fund Sparks Biggest High-Grade Bond Outflow Since June
Lisa AbramowiczNov 01, 2013 4:02 pm ET
1 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Core Bond Fund reported a
$2.3 billion withdrawal this week that spurred the biggest weekly
outflow from U.S. investment-grade debt funds since June.
The fund’s net assets dropped 9.2 percent to $22.38 billion on Oct.
28, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investment- grade funds
reported a $2.67 billion outflow during the past week, with most of it
coming from one fund, Bank of America Corp. credit strategists Hans
Mikkelsen and Yuriy Shchuchinov said in an Oct. 31 report, citing data
from EPFR Global.
The withdrawal reported “was likely a one-off event and no signal
of a broader rotation out of high-grade bond funds,” the analysts wrote.
Investment-grade bonds in the U.S. gained 1.5 percent in October as
speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve will maintain its $85
billion of monthly asset purchases through March. Companies have sold
$991.4 billion of the debt so far this year, on pace for the most ever,
from $945.4 billion during the same period last year, Bloomberg data
JPMorgan Core Bond Fund was started on Dec. 31, 1983, and focuses on
investment-grade notes with medium-term maturities, according to the
data. It had 25 percent of its assets in corporate bonds and 55.8
percent in mortgage debt as of Aug. 31, Bloomberg data show.
Gregory Roth, a spokesman for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, declined to comment on the nature of the outflow.
--With assistance from Matthew Kelly in Princeton, New Jersey. Editors: Shannon D. Harrington, Richard Bravo