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US interest rate hikes have marked effect on Multi-Asset Rankings

The revised expectations for the trajectory of US interest rate hikes in 2019, from three to one or none, has had a marked effect on the top two quintiles of EPFR’s multi asset rankings. Long Term Treasury Funds have supplanted their short-term counterparts as the top ranked asset class overall and High Yield Bond Funds, which early in the New Year had the second lowest ranking, broke into the second quintile during the third week of January.

EPFR uses flow into an asset class as a percentage of assets held in that asset class, summed over the trailing four weeks, to predict future performance of - and drive cross-sectional models for - equity and fixed-income asset-classes.

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