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Investors set their lens to ‘global’ as year winds down

Global Equity Funds, the biggest of the diversified Developed Markets Equity Fund groups, posted their second largest inflow on record during the first week of December as investors seek diversified exposure to next year’s vaccine-driven recovery stories. The past three weeks have seen Global Equity Funds chalk up their three biggest inflows since EPFR started tracking them in 4Q00.

Diversified funds also led the way as Emerging Markets Equity and Bond Funds extended the rebound in flows than began in the third quarter. Global Emerging Markets (GEM) Equity Funds recorded their 10th consecutive inflow – and their biggest since 1Q19 – while GEM Bond Funds absorbed fresh money for the 17th time in the past 19 weeks.

Overall, EPFR-tracked Equity Funds absorbed a net $18 billion during the week ending Dec. 7 as Dividend Equity Funds posted their third inflow in the past four weeks and funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates set another inflow record. Equity Hedge Funds, however, saw their current inflow streak snapped as they posted only their fourth outflow in the past 18 weeks.


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