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2023 Proves “Good” Isn’t Good Enough

  • In aggregate, active 4-Star funds have remained in negative sales territory since 2022, and only active 5-Star funds have netted positive flows so far in 2023 through August.
  • From 2019-2021, active 4-Star funds netted positive cumulative sales of $273 billion. However, from 2022 to August 2023, these funds experienced net outflows of $433 billion.
  • Meanwhile, active 5-Star funds accumulated a $30 billion net intake from 2022 to August 2023, the only star-rating overall to net positive sales during this period.
  • The reduced risk tolerance of 2022 hasn’t reverted to pre-2022 levels so far in 2023, and despite star ratings being backwards-looking, investors are hesitant to commit to active funds that are anything less than top-rated.

Active Mutual Fund and ETF Flows by Morningstar Star Rating, 2019 – August 2023

9.26.23 Blog

Excludes fund-of-funds.
Source: Morningstar, FUSE Research Network