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Stock Funds Took in More Cash in 2021 Than Two Decades Combined

  • ETFs and long-only funds have absorbed almost $900 billion
  • Financial, consumer and energy saw record investment

If there’s a single stat to capture the insatiable appetite for stocks this year, it’s the sum of cash that went into equity funds.

Investors have poured almost $900 billion into equity exchange-traded and long-only funds in 2021 -- exceeding the combined total from the past 19 years -- according to analysts at Bank of America Corp. and EPFR Global.