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Outflows the rule for Europe Funds ahead of ECB’s decision to restart quantitative easing
With speculation about the measures the European Central Bank (ECB) would take at its September policy meeting ranging widely, EPFR-tracked Europe Equity, Bond and Money Market Funds all experienced net redemptions during the week ending Sept. 11. For Europe Equity Funds it was 11th consecutive outflow and 35th in the 37 weeks year-to-date while Europe Bond Funds saw their longest inflow streak on record come to an end.
With slowing economic growth and political instability in the UK, Italy and Spain underpinning the aggressive package of measures unveiled by the ECB, investors looked to the US where positive interest rates, sub-4% unemployment and 2% GDP growth are still on offer. Flows into US Equity Funds jumped to a 12-week high and US Bond Funds extended their current inflow streak to 35 weeks and $305 billion.