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  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Growing fears about global growth hit flows

    By Cameron Brandt 17 May 2022

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    Asset markets endured further pain during the second week of May as investors tried – and largely failed -- to square tighter monetary policy in the US and other markets with the latest global GDP forecasts.

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit

    “New Normal” Slows High-Grade Debt Issuance Binge

    16 May 2022

    “New Normal” Slows High-Grade Debt Issuance Binge

    A stimulus-fueled debt issuance binge is showing signs of faltering as the largest and best rated companies in the world find themselves in unfamiliar territory – a “new normal” where liquidity is at a premium and terms are being dictated by an investor base that finds holding cash more lucrative than investing in debt.

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    EPFR Exchange Podcast, Special Focus: iMoneyNet on Money Market Funds

    11 May 2022

    EPFR Exchange Podcast, Special Focus: iMoneyNet on Money Market Funds

    Listen to our Senior experts Kevin Grist and Jay McLaughlin for an overview of iMoneyNet in the EPFR Exchange podcast, as they highlight a few forces currently shaping the Money Market Fund industry.

  • IGM Credit

    IGM Global Credit Snapshot

    By Ken Jaques 06 May 2022

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    Factors including the ongoing Ukraine war, China’s covid lockdown impact on supply chains and increasing fallout from inflationary fears (and rising rates to combat this) have all played a significant part in April’s issuance trends EUR supply more than halved from the previous month, with the corporate sector arguably the hardest hit. Despite the generally weak showing, the HY market was reopened after an 11-week hiatus IG issuance in the APAC region slowed to a lesser extent than in EUR. Issuers were forced to pay c11bp NICs on average. HY volumes were boosted by the emergence of a number of Australian HY mining concerns US ex-SSA volumes surpassed street expectations and were skewed towards domestic bank issuance (41%). NICs remain in double digit territory (10.08bp on average) whilst cover ratios fell to 2.75x

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Sticks outnumber carrots in early May

    By Cameron Brandt 06 May 2022

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    The first week of May ended with the US Federal Reserve raising its key interest rate by 50 basis points. Investors, who expected a hike of that magnitude but feared the Fed might opt for a 0.75% increase, spent most of the week taking defensive positions.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    China: Locked down but not out

    By Cameron Brandt 02 May 2022

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    As key US indexes closed their books on a month that saw the Nasdaq record its biggest drop since October 2008, investors seeking to escape market volatility turned to cash and to Chinese equity. 

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Sector funds get the eggs during Easter week

    By Cameron Brandt 22 Apr 2022

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    With the opening weeks of the 1Q22 corporate earnings season raising more questions than it answers, US mortgage rates continuing to climb, global growth forecasts being trimmed and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine now in its third month, investors found a lot to like about the sidelines during the third week of April.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Seeking balance in an underused fund group

    By Vik Srimurthy 21 Apr 2022

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    Balanced Funds, also known as hybrid or multi-asset funds, are a class of funds that contain both a debt and equity within a single portfolio. 

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    EPFR Exchange podcast, Nowcasting series: 'High-Frequency Data and Inflation'

    By Cameron Brandt, Kirsten Longbottom, Grégoire Haftman, Global Head of Data Sales, Macrobond 20 Apr 2022

    EPFR Exchange podcast, Nowcasting series: 'High-Frequency Data and Inflation'

    The EPFR Exchange podcast kicks off a new monthly Nowcasting podcast series, where partner and client guest speakers join EPFR to discuss the latest trends in our tracked-fund data, sharing their unique perspectives on major market topics.

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    The risk-reward line getting harder to walk

    By Cameron Brandt 15 Apr 2022

    The risk-reward line getting harder to walk

    Investors surveying the investment landscape during the second week of April saw more thistles and dandelions than daffodils.

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit

    IGM Global Credit Issuance Trends - Q1 2022

    By Gavin Kendrick 15 Apr 2022

    Issuance Trends - Q1 2022

    European primary market supply more than doubled in Q1 where all sectors (except HY Corporate) contributed to an upswing that came in the face of rising volatility, surging yields and record euro-area inflation which heaped more pressure on the ECB to wind back stimulus. Higher volumes also came despite several weeks of subdued activity which followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24th February which then depressed volumes until the final couple of weeks of the quarter. Standing out the defensive covered bond market responded impressively to demand for lower risk paper where volume jumped by 3.42x versus Q4 In APAC US$71.26bn of regional IG supply (excl. Japan) managed to get over the line in Q1 2022, the highest volume quarter since Q2 2021. In contrast APAC US$ high yield supply dwindled to just US$3.592bn in the quarter. Issuers had to offer sufficiently attractive spread compensation to persuade cautious investors to part with their cash, particularly in March. That is illustrated by the average new issue concession (NIC) of close to 9bp that APAC non-Japanese IG issuers paid to fund in the quarter US IG ex-SSA issuance for Q1 came in at US$463.8bn. Demand statistics hinted at the volatile broad market conditions over much of the quarter, while showing continued strength in investor interest. Average NICs jumped to 8.46bps, the highest since Q2 2020 whilst coverage ratios rose to 3.46x

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit

    IGM Global Credit Snapshot

    By Ken Jaques 08 Apr 2022

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    Supply bounces back in March as funding markets shake off war impacts Investors demand bigger premiums though (higher NICs) as markets reopen US IG (ex-SSA) leads bounce-back (sees biggest month since May 2020) EUR supply rise driven by IG Corporates but HY stays shuttered Regional sovereigns target long end but pay elevated premiums in APAC

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    For investors, April starts with cold showers

    By Cameron Brandt 08 Apr 2022

    For investors, April starts with cold showers

    Hopes for an early resolution of the Russian invasion of Ukraine took a hit during the first week of 2Q22 as evidence of Russian war crimes came to light. So did hopes for a measured pace to US interest rate hikes after US Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard stated that the Fed needs to pick up the pace of its monetary tightening.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Sector Rotation: Navigating between biotech and conventional healthcare getting tricky

    By Cameron Brandt 07 Apr 2022

    Navigating between biotech and conventional healthcare getting tricky

    Healthcare has long been one of the core defensive sectors. In recent years, however, a sub-group of the healthcare universe – biotechnology – has claimed a growing share of the interest in, and flows to, EPFR-tracked Healthcare Sector Funds.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Sector Rotation: Asia Funds taking the biggest byte out of the future

    By Cameron Brandt 07 Apr 2022

    Asia Funds taking the biggest byte out of the future

    Increased, and more efficient, production is one of the major keys to non-inflationary economic growth. Deploying capital goods, technology and improved computing speed should translate into higher production and greater productivity.

    Topic Industry News

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