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US Equity Funds record first retail inflow since late 2Q17

The final week of October saw the Federal Reserve cut short term US interest rates by another 25 basis points, the benchmark S&P 500 index set a fresh record high and EPFR-tracked US Equity Funds post their first retail inflow in nearly 28 months. With the latest US rate cut in hand and trade and Brexit deals still visible in the bushes, investors also stepped up their commitments to Emerging Markets Equity Funds and allowed Europe Equity Funds to record their first consecutive weekly inflows since 1Q18.

Increasing optimism and higher risk appetite translated into the first back-to-back outflows since mid-May for Gold Funds, which had a 15-week inflow streak snapped during the previous week, and Silver Funds experienced net redemptions for the third week in a row.

Overall, EPFR-tracked Equity Funds took in $6 billion during the week ending Oct.30 while investors steered $770 million into Alternative Funds, $7.8 billion into Bond Funds and $24.2 billion into Money Market Funds. It was another good week for Dividend Equity Funds, which chalked up their biggest weekly inflow since March, and the assets managed by all EPFR-tracked ETFs moved over the $5.8 trillion mark.

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