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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Drive performance with EPFR Hedge Fund Flows data

27 Sep 2021

EPFR

Drive performance with EPFR Hedge Fund Flows data

Topic Industry News

Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.20.21

By Ryan Nauman 20 Sep 2021

Nauman

The week ahead is heavy on housing data, which has been red hot due to low inventory, rising input costs, and high demand. Additionally, we will get the flash PMI readings for the manufacturing and services industries. The most widely watched release will be the release of the FOMC’s September meeting announcement and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s follow up press conference. Inflation (CPI) has slowed in recent months which follow’s the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) stance that high inflation is temporary. Will the recent cooling of prices take pressure off the Fed to start tapering asset purchases later this year? The tapering question, along with any new signals regarding interest rate hikes and economic projections will be the highlights of the announcement.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Quants Corner - The utility of water has never been clearer

By Vik Srimurthy 17 Sep 2021

QC

EPFR’s data can be filtered in dozens of ways, including sifting through lists of individual funds to create bespoke groups. A recent example is the selection of utility sector funds with water mandates into a custom group. As it happens, these funds are in focus and in demand. With water getting scarcer in many parts of the world, governments boosting budgets for “green” infrastructure and water’s key role in next generation industries – by some estimates the average semiconductor plant requires over 3 million gallons of clean water a day – investors see both need and opportunity. Read more...

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Bears remain in hibernation as fall approaches

By Cameron Brandt 17 Sep 2021

Global Navigator

Flows into EPFR-tracked Equity Funds jumped to a 26-week high in mid-September as investors continue to shrug off all manner of threats to the best-case scenarios for the US, European, Chinese and global economies. The investment case for the US appears particularly resilient. Despite headline inflation coming in north of 5% again during August, the constraints of the current debt ceiling, the administrations push for over $2 trillion in tax hikes, average new Covid-19 cases climbing to a level last seen in late January and an emerging consensus that the Federal Reserve will start (cautiously) tapering its bond purchases later this year, investors committed over $50 billion to US Equity and Bond Funds during the week ending Sept. 15. Those investors also showed less appetite for staying close to cash. US Money Market Funds saw $45.6 billion billion redeemed, their biggest weekly outflow since late 4Q20. Meanwhile, some US MM Fund providers are tapping into the broad appetite for exposure to socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles. After a lull stretching from the third quarter of last year into April, flows to US SRI/ESG Money Market Funds have gained momentum each of the subsequent months, hitting a 13-month high in August.

Topic Industry News

Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.13.21

By Ryan Nauman 13 Sep 2021

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.13.21

The week ahead is full of important economic data releases. The week includes soft data releases in the form of sentiment surveys as well as hard data releases like the consumer price index (CPI) and retail sales. Most will be watching the CPI release as inflation has been a primary concern for investors and businesses while the Federal Reserve walks a tight rope in trying to keep inflation from running too hot while not hindering the economic recovery, particularly the labor market. I will also pay close attention to the small business and consumer sentiment indexes to get a better idea of how they feel about the economy which can provide information about how they will spend in the near term..

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

No let-up in fund flows despite latest headwinds

By Cameron Brandt 10 Sep 2021

GNN

On September 6, enhanced unemployment benefits ended for millions in the US and the seven-day moving average for new Covid-19 cases worldwide stood at 616,000. On Sept. 7, Australia’s central bank confirmed the tapering of its bond buying program and troubled Chinese property developer Evergrande was hit with its second ratings downgrade in as many days. On Sept. 8, former US Fed Chair Janet Yellen warned that the latest debt ceiling impasse could trigger a default in as soon as October. On Sept. 9, as the European Central Bank met to discuss its response to inflationary pressures, EPFR’s latest data showed that $25 billion flowed into the Equity and Bond Funds it tracks during the first week of September. As they have for much of this year, investors allocated to the global rebound, Covid-clipped wings notwithstanding, the consensus on combating climate change, consumers in the world’s two largest economy and the profitability of major corporations. They have largely discounted tighter monetary policy, a return to widespread lockdowns and geopolitical shocks. Going into the second week of September, year-to-date flows to EPFR-tracked Alternative, Balanced, Bond and Equity Funds stood at 35%, 53%, 91% and 197% of their full year records. Among the country, thematic, sector and asset class fund groups on track to set new inflow records are Inflation Protected, SRI/ESG Equity and Bond, Infrastructure and Consumer Goods Sector, China Bond and US Equity Funds.

Topic Industry News

Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.07.21

By Ryan Nauman 07 Sep 2021

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.07.21

It is a light week ahead for economic data during the holiday shortened trading week. While recent figures show that the labor market has slowed recently, labor demand has remained strong, which will be highlighted when job openings for July is released. The August release showed that the number of job openings outpaced the number of job seekers, we will see if this trend has continued in July. The other release I will be focusing on will be the producer price index as supply chain bottlenecks and short supply of materials have pressured input prices in 2021.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Gravity remains on holiday in late August

By Cameron Brandt 03 Sep 2021

Global Nav

Investors responded to signals that tapering of bond purchases by the US Federal Reserve could well start later this year and the partisan sparring over the debt ceiling by steering over $19 billion into EPFR-tracked US Equity and Bond Funds during the final week of August. Growing concern that China’s efforts to cool its property sector will deliver a blow to both Chinese and global economic growth, meanwhile, did not stop China Equity Funds absorbing $3.3 billion. Going into September, mutual fund investors continue to put their faith in US corporate earnings growth, central bank accommodation and a much greener future. While taking out some protection against higher inflation – Inflation Protected Bond Funds have taken in nearly $70 billion over the past 41 weeks – their response to the boost in Covid-19 cases driven by the Delta variant, political tensions in the Middle East and Asia, concerns about the trajectory of global growth and the impending end of Angela Merkel’s tenure in Germany has been muted. The latest week, ending Sept. 1, saw EPFR-tracked Equity Funds post collective inflows of $19 billion as the year-to-date total for Equity Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates hit 108% of the full-year record set in 2020. Alternative Funds pulled in $1.3 billion, Balanced Funds $1.9 billion and Bond Funds $12.7 billion while $22.9 billion flowed out of Money Market Funds.

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