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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Turkey for Thanksgiving, Omicron for Christmas?

By Cameron Brandt 29 Nov 2021

EPFR

Heading into the US Thanksgiving holiday, Turkey’s defiance of economic policy norms and surging Covid-19 caseloads in Europe claimed the attention of markets and investors. The day after, the emergence of a new Covid variant in South Africa with significant mutations – dubbed Omicron -- triggered a selloff in global equity and commodity markets. With Covid regaining center stage, much of the US on holiday and many central banks rummaging around in their inflation containment toolkit, flows to most EPFR-tracked fund groups were understandably muted during the week ending November 24. Equity Funds recorded their third-smallest collective inflow year-to-date and flows into Bond Funds were a quarter of their weekly average during the first three quarters of 2021. The prospect of a greener, more expensive future continued to influence flows. Commitments to Equity Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates accounted for the bulk of headline number for all Equity Funds, Inflation Protected Bond Funds posted their 53rd consecutive inflow and Cryptocurrency Funds absorbed fresh money for the 14th week running. Overall, the fourth week of November saw $2.9 billion flow into all Equity Funds and $4.2 billion into Bond Funds while Alternative Funds pulled in $1.6 billion and Balanced Funds $2 billion. Money Market Funds took in $7.8 billion as they extended their longest run of inflows since the second quarter.

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IGM FX and Rates

IGM Credit Corner

23 Nov 2021

IGM

A Record Q3 for Global ESG Bond Issuance: The story behind the surge

Topic Industry News

IGM Credit

IGM Credit Corner Webinar

23 Nov 2021

IGM

A Record Q3 for Global ESG Bond Issuance: The story behind the surge

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Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 11.22.21

By Ryan Nauman 22 Nov 2021

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 11.22.21

Despite the shortened trading week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the week is loaded, particularly on Wednesday, with headline capturing economic data releases. The release that will be on the minds of most will be the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) preferred gauge of inflation, the personal consumption expenditure index (PCE). Despite the Fed saying inflation will start to abate during the Q2 – Q3 2022 time period, inflation continues to rise, which has resulted in forecasts calling for interest rate hikes in 2022. The other data release that I will be watching closely will be consumer spending. Q3 economic growth slowed in large part due to a steep slowdown in consumer spending. The trajectory of economic growth during Q4 will be driven by consumer spending, so it will be important for the quarter to start off strong.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

China Evergrande - Fixed on its Fate

22 Nov 2021

EPFR

The fate of China’s Evergrande, the second-largest developer in China by sales, continues to grip the international markets, with fears the debt crisis being faced by the heavily indebted housing developer will not only have knock on repercussions for China’s real estate sector – which, with its related industries accounts for as much as 30% of Chinese GDP – but also trigger a string of both domestic and international defaults, in what doomsayers have warned could well be another Lehman moment for financial markets.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Oil bonds still have fuel in the tank – but how long will it last?

22 Nov 2021

EPFR

Fixed income markets are abuzz about the spectacular demand for new green bonds – and there’s no denying that investors are hungry for these instruments. Flows into fixed income funds with socially responsible investing (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates have soared. Those tracked by Informa company EPFR have seen their AuM increase sevenfold since the beginning of 2019.

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IGM Credit

What’s driving this quarter’s record ESG bond issuance?

22 Nov 2021

What’s driving this quarter’s record ESG bond issuance?

The global ESG bond market is on track to complete another impressive year in 2021, with large issue volumes and strong demand to date expected to continue. According to Informa Global Markets (IGM) data, the volume of new environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds issued in the primary market has continued to set new highs into 2021...

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Shivers run through Europe and Japan as supply chains rattle

By Cameron Brandt 19 Nov 2021

GNN

The Japanese economy’s 3% contraction during the third quarter and the latest spike in natural gas prices pushed supply chain issues to the top of a lengthy list of investor concerns going into the second half of November. In the case of natural gas, the supply chain linking Europe with an increasingly assertive Russia is back in the spotlight. EPFR-tracked Europe Equity Funds posted their sixth outflow in the past nine weeks and Energy Sector Funds experienced their heaviest redemptions since mid-August as Russian troops built up along the Ukrainian border, Germany suspended certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the price of natural gas jumped to a four-week high. Tight energy supplies are a headwind for Japan, which imports nearly all of the oil it uses, and bread-and-butter supply chain issues ranging from lock downs in China to global shipping backlogs are also taking a toll. Japan Equity Funds recorded their biggest outflow since early March during the week ending Nov. 17.

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