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EPFR Fund Flows

Equity investors find sectors more compelling the geography

By Cameron Brandt 24 Jan 2020

Global Navigator

The Bond Fund bandwagon rolled on during the third week of the New Year, extending a run that has seen them post 55 straight weeks of inflows that total $775 billion. Although flows have moderated since the first week of the year, when this fund group absorbed a record-setting $23 billion, were they to maintain their current weekly average for the rest of the year total inflows would exceed $900 billion. EPFR-tracked Equity Funds, meanwhile, posted consecutive weekly inflows for only the sixth time since the beginning of 3Q19. In geographic terms, the bulk of the fresh money went to the two biggest diversified groups, Global and Global Emerging Markets (GEM) Equity Funds. Investors showed more conviction when it came to sectors, with four of the 11 major groups attracting over $1 billion, and they remain enamored of funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates which chalked up their third weekly inflow record since the beginning of October. Overall, investors steered a net $8.4 billion into Equity Funds during the week ending January 22 with half of that going to SRI/ESG Equity Funds while flows to Dividend Equity Funds hit a YTD high. Balanced, Money Market and Bond Funds absorbed $443 million, $11.2 billion and $16.2 billion respectively.

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IGM Credit

Asia Bond Barometer: Back in risk-off mode again

By Riki Zhang 23 Jan 2020

Asia Bond Barometer: Back in risk-off mode again

Asia Bond Barometer: Back in risk-off mode again

IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

China Insight: Is a SARS Repeat on The Way?

By Tim Cheung 23 Jan 2020

China Insight

According to the report of the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, as of Beijing morning 22 Jan 2020, there are more than 400 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus nationwide. Meanwhile, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Japan and the United States also reported confirmed cases of the virus. There are growing fears that an outbreak of the virus will happen across Asia very soon, just like SARS in 2003. Looking at the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, we find it necessary to draw on some experiences from SARS in 2003 in terms of the possible impact on the China/HK markets in coming months. After all, the genetic sequence of the Wuhan coronavirus is 80% similar to the SARS virus found in bats, civets and humans (as per K.Y. Yuen, the Chair of Infectious Diseases of the University of Hong Kong's Department of Microbiology) and the two syndromes also look very close in terms of the timing of outbreak. The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is getting worse with more suspected and confirmed cases reported. More importantly, with the mass movement of population for Lunar New Year (LNY) getting underway we inevitably will see a sharp acceleration of transmission over the next 2-3 weeks. As such, we won't be surprised if the number of confirmed cases is already in 4-digit territory by the end of LNY holiday in mainland China. With reference to the pace of growth in the confirmed cases, many experts believe the Wuhan coronavirus now is still in the initial stage of the outbreak. Assuming it develops in a similar manner as SARS did in 2003 (chart 1), we probably will not see the peak of the number of new cases until March or April.      

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IGM FX and Rates

China Insight: Is a SARS repeat on the way ?

By Riki Zhang 22 Jan 2020

China Insight: Is a SARS repeat on the way ?

China Insight: Is a SARS repeat on the way ?

PlacementTracker

PlacementTracker Publishes 2019 PIPE and Private Placement Markets League Tables

22 Jan 2020

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PlacementTracker, the leading source for data and analysis to institutions in the PIPE and Private Placement markets, today announced the most active investment banks, investors, and law firms in the U.S. PIPE and Private Placement markets for 2019.

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iMoneyNet - Money Market Fund Analysis

MMF Assets Up for Eighth Consecutive Quarter

22 Jan 2020

IMN Blog

Final data for the fourth quarter of 2019 show that assets in U.S. money-market funds increased for the eighth consecutive quarter, confirming preliminary numbers in last week’s Money Fund Report (#2300) that assets in all funds as well as in key Retail and Institutional fund categories for the year just ended increased dramatically, outpacing recent years and positioning the money-fund industry to prosper in the 12 months ahead. Assets in all U.S. funds ended the year at $3,581.4 trillion, a four-quarter increase of $588.4 billion, or 19.7 percent, as the table below shows. Between the third and fourth quarters, all assets increased by 5.5 percent. Taxable funds fared better, growing by $596.0 billion to $3,441.1 trillion, a yearly jump of 20.9 percent, and a Q3-to-Q4 growth of 5.6 percent. For more money-market analysis and insights, reach out to us for more information or a tour of our solutions.

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IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

China Insight: Property Bonds See Decreasing Net Supply From Now On

By Tim Cheung 21 Jan 2020

China Insight 0121

Both Chinese property stocks and bonds were doing well in Q4 last year due to an increase in home mortgage loans in percentage terms in the banking sector's aggregate loan portfolio (chart 1). This is largely attributed to a recovery of home demand.      

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Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap 01.21.20

By Ryan Nauman 21 Jan 2020

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap

The fourth quarter earnings season picks up steam during the upcoming week. As I mentioned above, expectations remain muted for this cycle, however, there are some big names reporting during the upcoming week that should be closely watched. Below are some that I will be focusing on. The upcoming economic data release is light due to the shortened trading week, however, the Markit flash PMIs will be widely watched. Read more from Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

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