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  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Curve for Money Market Fund flows flattening

    Global Navigator

    Money Market Funds posted their first outflow since late February during the week ending May 20, capping – at least for now -- a flight to cash that has seen $1.2 trillion committed to these funds over the past 12 weeks. In that time, EPFR sister company iMoneyNet calculates that the average 30-day yield among taxable US Money Market Funds has fallen from 1.28% to 0.18%. Bond Funds, meanwhile, took in fresh money for the sixth straight week as High Yield Bond Funds extended a run of inflows stretching back to late March.

    Topic Industry News

  • PSN Enterprise - Separate Account Analytics Software, Zephyr...

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 05.18.20

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition

    The housing sector will be front and center next week as we find out how the sector is coping with the shelter-in-place dynamics. Additionally, we will get the initial (flash) PMI readings on the manufacturing and services sectors. During past recessions, the services sector fared better than the manufacturing sector. However, that looks to change during this recession, as the shelter-in-place mandate has crippled services-oriented businesses such as restaurants, travel, and tourism more so than manufactures who are producing goods that are still needed for everyday life. Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM FX and Rates

    IGM FX Trade of the Week Report

    IGM FX and Rates

    Initiated on May 1, we stay short GBP/USD from 1.2525 on a Seasonality in May basis. Recently, we also initiated a long USD/CNH at 7.1300 for a move on 7.2500 in the coming weeks. Otherwise, our latest report looks at other firms’ recommendations. For more read our FX Trade of The Week Blog >

    Topic Industry News

  • PSN Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) Data, PSN Enterprise -...

    Q1 2020 PSN Top Guns – The Historic Bull Market Comes to a Screeching Halt

    Q1 2020 PSN Top Guns – The Historic Bull Market Comes to a Screeching Halt

    The first quarter, which included record equity highs, a bear market, record low Treasury yields, record daily market swings, extreme volatility, and unprecedented monetary and fiscal policies will be a quarter we will not forget and will be used as a historical reference point moving forward. The culprit of all the global economic and market distress was the fast spreading COVID-19 illness.

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    China Insight: After a Strong Sell-Off, Bonds Look Attractive Again

    China Insight 0514

    The bond market got sold off sharply in the first half of May, regardless of the stable liquidity. We attribute the sell-off partly to mounting supply pressure and partly to the market being overly crowded with long positions.

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    The Context 05.18.20

    The Context

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    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Redemptions from China Equity Funds surge as trade tensions resurface

    Global Navigator

    The prospect of a second major spike in Sino-US trade tensions cast a shadow over markets and some fund groups in mid-May. EPFR-tracked China Equity Funds posted their biggest weekly outflow since early 3Q15 as US President Donald Trump threatened China with new trade sanctions if it does not boost its imports from the US and allow independent investigation of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Redemptions from all Emerging Markets Equity Funds, meanwhile, exceeded $3 billion for the fourth week running. Faced with a new source of uncertainty, already cautious investors steered another $35 billion into Money Market Funds while flows to US Bond Funds climbed to a 13-week high and Japan Equity Funds recorded their third largest inflow year-to-date. US Bond, Money Market and Japan Equity Funds all feature on the list of fund groups that have seen the largest inflows quarter to date, along with Leveraged Bear, High Yield Bond and SRI/ESG Equity Funds and a handful of major Sector Fund groups.

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM FX and Rates

    FX Viewpoint: Going negative, really?

    IGM FX and Rates

    We questioned recently whether Fed negative rates speculation will weigh on the US Dollar and prevent the DXY from reclaiming the 100.00-plus handle? Well, the latest Fed comments indicate there could well be some push-back against the controversial subject matter. Our compilation of major bank views also skews towards this being unlikely. Looking ahead, we suggest keeping an eye on upcoming speeches and possible comments on the subject from other Fed members and in particular, when Fed Chairman Powell speaks on Wednesday. For more read our Viewpoint Blog >

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Quants Corner - When it comes to stock values, ESG Funds count for more

    Quant Corner

    Corporations have found value in catering to the needs and tastes of Generations X, Y and Z, identifying and understanding their values and embracing socially responsible (SRI) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria goals. Tech giants such as Google claims they are “Raising the bar in making smart use of the Earth’s resources, expecting the highest ethical standards throughout our supply chain and creating products with people and the planet in mind”. These sentiments certainly mesh with large segments of their customer base, which is not shy about demanding that they strive for these standards.

    Topic Industry News

  • PSN Enterprise - Separate Account Analytics Software, Zephyr...

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 05.11.20

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition

    Based on the stellar April equity returns most investors have decided to look past the very poor first quarter earnings and the historically bad economic data and look forward to when earnings and the economy may rebound. Despite focusing on the future and a potential rebound, the week ahead contains some significant releases. We will find out what impact the historic decrease in oil prices, and demand for services and products has had on inflation. Meanwhile, the historic drop in consumer spending is sure to impact retail sales, which will be announced this week. Finally, consumer sentiment has plummeted recently along with economic activity, however, will the recent flattening of the COVID-19 curve and equity rally improve sentiment amongst consumers? Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    China Insight: CNH is Showing Last Bit of Strength

    China Insight

    On 7th May 2020, PBOC and SAFE officially issued the "Measures on Capital Management of Foreign Institutional Investors Investing in Securities and Futures in China". The key features of this policy are summarized below: The quota mechanism for QFII/RQFII is abolished; Foreign institutional investors can remit in foreign currency (FCY) or Renminbi (RMB) or both depending on their investment needs, and open the corresponding FCY and RMB accounts. Restrictions on custodian appointment no longer exist. That means the foreign institutional investor can appoint multiple custodians based on their business needs. Foreign institutional investors can choose to provide the tax commitment letter for each profit repatriation, or provide a onetime tax commitment letter stating covered period and the cumulative profit amount for repatriation. The new policy will come into effect on 6 June 2020. As per the state-owned media, the removal of the quota restrictions on QFII, RQFII is aimed at boosting financial opening. But we believe it, to a certain extent, is more or less driven by policymakers' concerns over FX reserves adequacy. Chart 1 shows that China's FX reserves have been failing to increase further since reaching USD3119bn in summer last year. With monetary easing underway, more FX reserves are needed, otherwise it will be increasingly difficult for PBOC to stabilize RMB FX. It's worth noting that the USD30.9bn increase in FX reserves in April was still far from big enough to offset the USD46.1bn decline in March.  

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    The Context 05.11.20

    The Context

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    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    SRI/ESG Bond Funds start May with record inflows

    Global Navigator

    Equity Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates have ridden out the volatility triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, posting only one weekly outflow year-to-date and outperforming their non-SRI/ESG peers. Fixed income investors appear to have taken notice. EPFR-tracked SRI/ESG Bond Funds chalked up a new inflow record during the first week of May as they extended their current streak to six weeks and $5.4 billion.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Quants Corner - Chinese share classes: Getting past the letter A

    Quant Corner

    Over the past two decades China has been steadily increased foreign access to its domestic A and B Share markets. This process started in 2002 with the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) program – greatly expanded in 2012 – and was followed by the Hong Kong-Shanghai and Hong Kong-Shenzhen connect program for qualified investors in 2014 and 2016.

    Topic Industry News

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