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Waiting to read the writing on the wall

Markets moved sideways – albeit at elevated levels -- and money piled up in US liquidity funds for much of the week ending April 28 as investors waited on a slew of key earnings reports, the conclusion of the US Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting and US President Joe Biden’s address to both Houses of Congress. Some compelling earnings reports from technology bellwethers drove US indexes to new record highs as the latest reporting period wound down.

While largely marking time, investors did stick to their recent game plan of buying exposure to global and US growth, taking out insurance against higher inflation, greening their portfolios and keeping cash on hand. US Equity Funds posted their 11th inflow in the past 12 weeks, Global Equity Funds extended their longest inflow streak since 2017, combined year-to-date flows into Equity and Bond Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates moved north of the $150 billion mark and Inflation Protected Bond Funds chalked up their 23rd consecutive inflow.

Overall, EPFR-tracked Equity Funds absorbed a net $10.5 billion during the fourth week of April – with Dividend Equity Funds extending their longest run of inflows since 4Q19 -- while Balanced Funds took in $685 million, Alternative Funds $1.3 billion and Bond Funds $13.7 billion. Money Market Funds, despite the biggest weekly outflow from Japan Money Market Funds since late 4Q18, pulled in $57.3 billion as they chalked up their eighth collective inflow in the last 10 weeks




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