US money market funds saw big inflows in the week to May 24 as investors favored safer bets ahead of a deadline for politicians to agree an increase in the country’s debt ceiling, according to Reuters.
According to Refinitiv Lipper data, US money market funds received a net $39.9 billion of inflows, the biggest week of net buying in four weeks.
US President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy are closing in on a deal to raise the government’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling for two years, a US official told Reuters, but time is running short.
The US Treasury estimates it will run out of funds within a week, and legislating any deal will take that down to the wire.
Meanwhile, riskier equity funds saw outflows for a ninth straight week, worth $1.79 billion.
Investors sold $1.06 billion from US equity value funds and $703 million from growth funds, respectively.
Meanwhile, sectoral equity funds remained in demand as they drew a net $335 million worth of inflows. Tech and consumer discretionary sectors received a net $420 million and $289 million, respectively.
On the other hand, US bond funds attracted a fourth week of inflows, worth about $4.22 billion.
Government bond funds received $2.43 billion in a fifth straight week of net buying.
US corporate and high yield funds also drew $1.72 billion and $677 million of inflows, respectively, but inflation protected funds suffered a sixth weekly outflow of $565 million.