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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

US groups shine during the first week of 2022

By Cameron Brandt 07 Jan 2022

EPFR

Continuing the pattern that emerged in the final quarter of 2021, flows to EPFR-tracked funds had a star-spangled bias to them early in the New Year. Between them, US Equity, Bond and Money Market Funds – which absorbed nearly $360 billion in 4Q21 -- pulled in over $25 billion during the week ending January 5. Despite the US Federal Reserve’s more hawkish tone and the derailing of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better spending package, investors believe there is more to come from America’s economy and stock market. This stems in part from the cash accumulated by corporations and individuals over the past 19 months which, potentially, is available to boost consumption and investment. Since the start of the pandemic, the assets held by US Money Market Funds have increased by $1.3 trillion and estimates of the ‘excess’ savings accumulated by American consumers range from $2 trillion to $3.5 trillion.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Flow records abound as 2021 draws to a close

By Cameron Brandt 31 Dec 2021

EPFR

If 2020 read like a gothic novel, the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic belonged to the suspense genre. At what point would central banks decide inflation is not transitory? Will the new variants of Covid-19 do more or less damage than earlier waves? What consequences will perceptions of US weakness have in Europe and Asia?

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Risk takes a holiday as pandemic’s latest wave saps festive spirits

By Cameron Brandt 24 Dec 2021

EPFR

With major central banks responding to rising inflation, investor focus shifted during the third week of December to the Covid-19 pandemic’s latest iteration and the measures being taken to contain it. Those measures, self-imposed and mandated, promise to dent consumer and business confidence going into the New Year and weighed on flows to many EPFR-tracked fund groups.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Inflationary noose tightens and Omicron cuts loose in mid-December

By Cameron Brandt 17 Dec 2021

EPFR

The jury is still out on the impact of rising Covid caseloads triggered by the Omicron variant, but the latest round of inflation numbers delivered a verdict of “not transitory” that major central banks are expected to heed. The Bank of England was the first to respond, raising its key rate, and reinforcing the perception that the US Federal Reserve will accelerate its timetable to wrapping up its current quantitative earing program. Those perceptions hit fixed income fund groups, Emerging Markets Equity Funds – ex-China – and Real Estate Sector Funds during the second week of December. With the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan expected to be the last major central banks to tighten policy, Japan Equity and Europe Bond Funds posted solid inflows.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

British pound lost in translation of BOE guidance

By Cameron Brandt 10 Dec 2021

BOE

Central bankers have prided themselves on clear communication with markets in recent years. But the road mapped out by Bank of England (BoE) policymakers isn’t taking UK interest rates where markets expected, leaving currency investors all at sea.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Tiptoeing into the Christmas holidays

By Cameron Brandt 10 Dec 2021

GNN

Omicron? The grinch that stole the global growth story before Christmas? Or the angel of disinflation that will banish the specter of interest rate hikes? The first week of December saw investors weighing both interpretations of the latest Covid-19 variant and making cautious guesses about which one is more credible. Flows to EPFR-tracked fund groups during the first week of December tilted towards the positive – at least for the US. Investors steered money into US Equity Funds for the 11th straight week, US Bond and Global Equity Funds rebounded from their first outflows in over seven and 17 months, respectively, and US Money Market Funds took in fresh money for the seventh time in the past eight weeks.

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IGM Credit

IGM Global Credit Snapshot

By Ken Jaques 08 Dec 2021

IGM

IGM Global Credit Snapshot | Thursday, 8th December 2021 - Global primary market activity still sluggish in November with the focus on quality - Raised volatility, emergence of Omicron variant and Fed tapering concerns affect sentiment. - EUR IG Corporate and unsecured FIG borrowers raise activity, though at a cost - APAC US$ primary market dominated by IG, HY flounders, China property developers absent - US IG ex SSA issuance exceeds Street estimates with highest November since 2017 - For more specific regional highlights see below.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Investors parse the meaning of transitory going into December

By Cameron Brandt 03 Dec 2021

GNN

Hopes that the impact of Covid’s Omicron variant will prove transitory, concern that it will not, and fears that inflation is here to stay whip-sawed global markets during the final days of November. Concerns about the latter issue were crystalized by recently reappointed US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s admission that price pressures could spur the Fed to accelerate the tapering of its asset purchases. Mutual fund investors responded by reassessing their outlooks for the global economy, US interest rates and risk assets. Global Equity Funds posted their first outflow in over 17 months, US Bond Funds experienced their heaviest redemptions since late 1Q20, and investors pulled over $4 billion out of High Yield Bond Funds. Equity funds dedicated to the world’s two largest economies, China and the US, attracted solid amounts of fresh money despite their contrasting approaches to dealing with the pandemic, and Money Market Funds extended their longest inflow streak since 2Q20. Two groups associated with market turbulence, Volatility (VIX) and Cryptocurrency Funds, went separate ways with the former posting their biggest outflow since late 1Q20 and Cryptocurrency Funds extending an inflow streak stretching back to mid-August.

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