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Flows follow equity market performance into December

Mutual fund investors remained somewhat in step with buoyant US and global equity markets going into the final month of 2020, committing another $9.6 billion to EPFR-tracked Equity Funds which set the seal on a record-setting month – in flow terms – for that group. Provisionally, net flows into all Equity Funds during November totaled $127 billion, eclipsing the previous monthly record set in January 2018 by some $17 billion.

The latest flows reflected some of the year’s established themes, including appetite for diversified exposure, socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes and China’s growth story. Global Equity Funds, which set a new inflow record the previous week, absorbed another $10.9 billion during the week ending Dec. 2, SRI/ESG Equity Funds saw their year-to-date inflows climb past the $150 billion mark and China Bond Funds posted inflows for the 31st consecutive week.

Looking ahead, there is plenty of fuel to drive asset markets and fund AUM’s higher in the months ahead. Personal savings rates in the US remain elevated, and much of the more than $1 trillion that flowed into US Money Market Funds during the second quarter remains in these liquidity management vehicles.


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