How U.S. mutual funds reallocate assets

An empirical study shows that U.S. mutual funds take two major allocation decisions: bonds versus equity and U.S. versus non-U.S. assets. Federal Reserve policy easing encourages shifts into foreign assets. High uncertainty drives allocations out of risky assets into U.S. treasuries. And the relative performance of foreign versus U.S. assets leads a chase of the higher return. Within fixed income institutions tend to reallocate gradually towards higher prior yields.