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US investors still deploying their cash in mid-October

Investors committed fresh money to both Equity and Bond Funds for the third straight week going into the second half of October despite rising COVID-19 caseloads in Europe and North America, the looming US presidential election and worrying unemployment trends that halted the latest rally in global equity markets. Investors showed the greatest conviction when it came to the US and emerging markets, with US Equity and Bond Funds absorbing a combined $18.7 billion while Emerging Markets Equity Funds extended their longest inflow streak since January and Emerging Markets Bond Funds posted their 14th inflow in the past 15 weeks.

The second week of October also saw US Money Market Funds surrender another $26 billion, bringing total outflows from this fund group since mid-May to $225 billion. Over the same period, meanwhile, Europe Money Market Funds have absorbed over $100 billion. Those funds have also seen a modest rotation from UK to Europe ex-UK Money Market Funds as the deadline for a post-Brexit trade agreement between the UK and EU draws closer with limited signs of progress.

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