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Investors want to go away from inflation in May

With the financial headlines dominated by the latest US inflation data, volatile cryptocurrency markets and ‘taper tantrum’ retrospectives, investors spent the third week of May revisiting their earlier assumptions about the best allocations strategy to see them through the summer months and beyond.

The fear that US headline inflation at a 13-year high in April is a warning that the US Federal Reserve’s “transitory” narrative should be treated with caution chased over $1 billion out of Technology Sector Funds and over $2 billion from High Yield Bond Funds. Meanwhile, flows into Silver, Gold and Inflation Protected Bond Funds hit 15, 19 and 24-week highs respectively while Bank Loan Funds added to their longest inflow streak since 1H17.

Investors continued to position themselves for reflation in Europe and a greener future, although Equity Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates recorded their smallest weekly inflow since early November.

Overall, the week ending May 19 saw investors steer a net $91 million into Alternative Funds, $2.4 billion into Balanced Funds, $3.6 billion into Money Market Funds, $6.8 billion into Bond Funds and $12.6 billion into Equity Funds.




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