Bonds see large inflows, TIPS pull in record money in weekly flows - BofA

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) - Bond funds enjoyed the largest inflows in three weeks at $12.7 billion in the week to Wednesday with investors putting a record amount of $3.2 billion into Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), BofA said on Friday.

Tracing investor flows through EPFR data, BofA found that investment grade fixed income funds enjoyed their largest intake in three weeks at $6.7 billion while cash pulled in $25.1 billion.

Equity funds attracted $23.2 billion with U.S. stocks enjoying the largest inflows in six weeks at $9.5 billion, BofA found. However, Europe suffered a second straight week of outflows at $200 million.

"Global vaccines in 2021 now surpass 4 billion; but world stuck in new normal of variants, rolling regional lockdowns, closed borders, isolationism," wrote Michael Hartnett in a note to clients.

"As society's goalpost for 'substantial further progress' on pandemic continue to shift, Wall St remains confident policy makers will continue to extend the $31 trillion of monetary & fiscal stimulus since March 20." (Reporting by Karin Strohecker Editing by Rachel Armstrong)

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