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EPFR-tracked Bond Funds remain on track for new inflow record

The week ending September 4 saw year-to-date flows into all EPFR-tracked Bond Funds climb past the $450 billion level as they continue to make a run at the full year inflow record that they set in 2017. These robust inflows have occurred despite Equity Funds collectively outperforming Bond Funds by a 2-to-1 margin so far this year, with safety-conscious investors putting more stock in further central bank easing that they do in an early end to global trade tensions.

Equity markets did get a lift in early September with the word that Sino-US trade talks will resume next month and the failure of the UK’s government to head off legislation preventing a no-deal exit from the EU or to trigger fresh elections that might strengthen its Brexit mandate. But all the major Developed and Emerging Markets Equity Fund groups except Latin America and Global Equity Funds recorded outflows for the week.

Overall, the seven days ending September 4 saw EPFR-tracked Equity Funds surrender another $8.3 billion. Balanced Funds also experienced net redemptions while Alternative Funds took in $375 million, Bond Funds $11.4 billion and Money Market Funds $28.8 billion.

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