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About Cameron

USA

+18 year(s) experience

Cameron Brandt, Director of Research, EPFR, headshot
Cameron monitors EPFR’s vast database on a daily and weekly basis. The database is drawn from 100,0000 mutual funds with $34 trillion in assets under management. He looks for shifts and trends, these are then relayed to clients and the sales team, and summarized on a weekly basis.

Cameron, who holds a degree in economics from Yale University, joined EPFR Global in 2001 and was appointed Director of Research in 2010.

He co-authored an IFR-published study of fund flows and produces regular reports on trends that emerge from EPFR Global’s data. In 2016, he presented at conferences in Berlin and Shanghai, appeared on Bloomberg TV and co-authored a series of reports on the Brexit vote and its implications, in conjunction with IGM.

Before joining EPFR Global he was managing editor of The WorldPaper, an international affairs supplement carried by papers in Latin America, Emerging Asia and the EMEA regions with a combined monthly circulation of over 1 million readers.

Analyst Articles

Articles by Cameron

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Negative yields tighten grip on fixed income universe in mid-3Q19 with mixed results for mutual fund flows

    By Cameron Brandt 23 Aug 2019

    Global Navigator

    Negative yields tighten grip on fixed income universe in mid-3Q19 with mixed results for mutual fund flows The second week of August saw the yield curves for two and 10-year US treasuries invert for the first time since 2007. The third week of August saw a major Danish bank offer qualified buyers a mortgage that will cost the borrower less than the face value to pay in full. With the unusual become normal in global debt markets, investors found their compasses spinning wildly going into the second half of 3Q19. As a result, they stuck to their ‘safety first’ strategy that has seen over $425 billion flow into EPFR-tracked Bond Funds so far this year while over $215 billion has flowed out of Equity Funds.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    US yield curve inversion the latest wrinkle for mutual fund investors

    By Cameron Brandt 19 Aug 2019

    Global Navigator

    US yield curve inversion the latest wrinkle for mutual fund investors The second week of August saw yields on two-year US Treasuries exceed those of 10-year notes for the first time since 2007, a development viewed by large segments of the investing public and the financial industry as a clear-cut warning that the world’s largest economy will likely slip into recession during the next 18 months.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Money Market Funds pull in over $100 billion in early August

    By Cameron Brandt 09 Aug 2019

    Global Navigator

    Money Market Funds pull in over $100 billion in early August Mutual fund investors opted for liquidity during the first week of August as they digested an unpleasant cocktail of weak German data, fears of a currency war between the US and China, hardening positions on Brexit and disappointment with the Fed’s 25 basis points cut in US interest rates at the end of July. Flows into Money Market Funds jumped to a 32-week high, exceeding the $100 billion mark for only the second time since EPFR started tracking them, while a net $24.9 billion flowed out of Equity Funds – their biggest weekly total year-to-date – and another $2.7 billion out of Balanced and Alternative Funds combined.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Quants Corner

    By Cameron Brandt 08 Aug 2019

    Quants Corner 0807

    The best strategy for navigating Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests Hong Kong is experiencing the biggest political disturbances in over two decades. Initially peaceful protests in March against a proposed extradition law have escalated, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators periodically marching through the Chinese special administrative region.  

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Initial responses to first US interest rate cut in a decade are underwhelming

    By Cameron Brandt 02 Aug 2019

    Global Navigator

    Initial responses to first US interest rate cut in a decade are underwhelming Fund flows ended July with a whimper. Redemptions from EPFR-tracked Equity and Bond Funds hit their highest daily totals since June 28 and the final day of 2018 respectively as investors tried to make sense of the US Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee’s decision to cut interest rates by 25 basis points. Bulls were disappointed by Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s assertion that the cut was simply a “mid-cycle adjustment”, and not the start of an extended period of monetary easing, while bears viewed the cut as a political decision that increases the risk of market imbalances.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Has latest Equity to Bond rotation run its course?

    By Cameron Brandt 19 Jul 2019

    Global Navigator

    Has latest Equity to Bond rotation run its course? The week ending July 17 saw EPFR-tracked Equity Funds post their fourth inflow in the past six weeks, suggesting that investors are finally responding to expectations of lower fixed income yields and the recent records set by benchmark US equity indexes. Between the beginning of December and first week of June, those Equity Funds only recorded five weekly inflows while investors steered over $160 billion into Bond Funds during the same period.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    All eyes on the FOMC in early July

    By Cameron Brandt 16 Jul 2019

    Global Navigator

    All eyes on the FOMC in early July Flows into the riskier Bond Fund groups picked up during the seven days ending July 10 and over $40 billion piled up in Money Market Funds as investors looked ahead to the US Federal Reserve’s Open Markets Committee meeting at the end of the month. The FOMC is expected to confirm its shift to an easing bias with a 0.25% cut in short term interest rates, and a significant minority of investors think a 50-basis point cut is possible.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Start of third quarter 2019 mirrors the previous one

    By Cameron Brandt 08 Jul 2019

    Global Navigator

    Start of third quarter 2019 mirrors the previous one In late June mutual fund investors responded to the S&P 500’s latest record high by redeeming another $300 million from US Equity Funds. During the week ending July 3 the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new high and investors pulled over $11 billion from those funds, sustaining a major rotation from Equity to Bond and Money Market Funds that began in early January.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Fresh market highs fail to lift Equity Fund flows in late June

    By Cameron Brandt 28 Jun 2019

    Global Navigator

    Fresh market highs fail to lift Equity Fund flows in late June As has been the case for most of 2019, the final days of June found mutual fund investors largely ignoring the recent highs recorded by US equity markets. Instead, they focused on the less bullish signals being generated by global bond markets and the impending meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the June 28-29 G-20 summit in Japan. Investors committed another $15.2 billion to EPFR-tracked Bond Funds during the fourth week of June, taking the year-to-date inflow total past the $300 billion mark, while Equity Funds collectively posted outflows for the 12th time in the past 15 weeks.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Central bank support boosts Equity Fund flows in mid-June

    By Cameron Brandt 18 Jun 2019

    Global Navigator

    Central bank support boosts Equity Fund flows in mid-June With the US Federal Reserve voicing support for the goal of sustaining the current recovery, the Bank of Japan continuing to run its ultra-accommodative monetary program and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) committed to ‘targeted stimulus’, equity investors made a return during the second week of June. EPFR-tracked US, Japan and China Equity Funds all took in fresh money, enabling Equity Funds overall to post inflows for only the second time since mid-March.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Trade and political risks keep lid on Equity Fund flows in late May

    By Cameron Brandt 03 Jun 2019

    Global Navigator

    Trade and political risks keep lid on Equity Fund flows in late May EPFR-tracked Equity Funds posted their 10th outflow in the past 11 weeks going into the final days of May as trade issues weighed on US and Emerging Markets Equity Funds and political ones on Europe Equity Funds.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    SRI Equity Funds Swim Against the Outgoing Tide

    By Cameron Brandt 20 May 2019

    Global Navigator

    SRI Equity Funds Swim Against the Outgoing Tide Angst about the turn for the worse taken by Sino-US trade talks hit EPFR-tracked Equity Funds hard heading into mid-May, with redemptions from all Equity Funds around the $20 billion mark for the second week running and Emerging Markets Equity Funds chalking up their biggest weekly outflow since late March.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Identifying Stock Crowding

    By Cameron Brandt 06 May 2019

    Identifying Stock Crowding

    Creating Strategies to Mitigate Distortion

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    Flows for Europe Equity and Bond Funds diverge sharply going into May

    By Cameron Brandt 03 May 2019

    Global Navigator

    Flows for Europe Equity and Bond Funds diverge sharply going into May European stocks ended April with their fourth consecutive monthly gain as markets digested the inconclusive outcome of Spain’s general election, some better than expected first quarter earnings reports and data showing growth in the Eurozone rebounded during the first three months of the year. EPFR-tracked Europe Equity Funds, meanwhile, ended April by posting their 12th consecutive outflow and 61st in the past 63 weeks while Europe Bond Funds chalked up their biggest inflow since 1Q15 and second biggest since EPFR started tracking them.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR Fund Flows

    SRI/ESG Investing

    By Cameron Brandt 02 May 2019

    SRI ESG Investing

    SRI/ESG funds offer millennials the ride they've been asking before, but in what direction? 

    Topic Industry News