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IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

IGM Launches Daily Quant-Based Trading Ideas with IGM G10 FX Playbook

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Boston, MA – (January 21, 2021) – IGM, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), a leading provider of solutions for financial services professionals, has launched the IGM G10 FX Playbook, offering financial institutions actionable analysis and talking points for client and in-house currency market trading strategy.

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Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 01.18.21

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 01.19.21

The week ahead will be highlighted, not by economic data or earnings, but the inauguration of Joe Biden as president. Following the storming of the U.S. Capitol and reports that other protests around the country have been planned, all eyes will be on the inauguration as the new regime takes over. As for economic data, one of the hottest parts of the economy during the tumultuous 2020 was the housing market as historically low mortgage rates eased affordability. This upcoming week will provide us with data on how the housing market finished 2020...

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Inflation muscling in on post-pandemic narrative

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For several months now, investors have been buying into forecasts of a global economic rebound unleashed by widespread vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Fears that inflation will also slip the leash when the rebound occurs took a backseat to the global reflation story. During the second week of January, this undercurrent of inflationary angst bubbled to the surface as markets factored in rising commodity and transportation costs, cash stockpiles in savings and money market accounts, the fiscal agenda of the incoming US administration and signals from the US Federal Reserve that the switch to a tightening bias could occur much sooner than previously expected. The week ending Jan. 13 saw EPFR-tracked Inflation Protected Bond Funds extend their current inflow streak to eight weeks and $8.7 billion, Bank Loan Funds record their biggest inflow since mid-2Q18, flows into Commodities Sector Funds hit a record high and Energy Sector Funds record their 12th consecutive inflow and largest in over 11 months.

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Quants Corner - Animal spirits arise in retail investors

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After years of pulling money out of equity funds, retail investors are starting to step back in. EPFR-tracked Equity Funds ended 2020 with eight straight weeks of retail inflows, their longest such run since 2Q06. In this, retail investors are several years behind the institutional money and, as a result, have missed out on strong market returns four of the past five years. Global Equity Funds have been the biggest beneficiaries of this latest surge in retail interest. During 2019 this group recorded retail inflows 19 of the year’s 52 weeks. In 2020 they posted retail inflows 44 times. The last time there was such a concentration of retail money going into a single fund category was 2016, and before that 2015. In both cases, the rush into Australia and China Equity Funds ended badly for retail investors. Are Global Funds headed for the same comeuppance? Have they missed the bus? Prior to 2020, the chance of a positive retail flow into Equity Funds ranged from one week in every nine during 2014 to one in 25 during 2016. Last year this group attracted retail money two out of every five weeks...

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Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 01.11.21

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 01.11.21

The week ahead will be highlighted by the release of the December consumer price index. Inflation is in the crosshairs of investors as Inflation expectations have been increasing, particularly this week as investors are anticipating additional fiscal stimulus following the Georgia election. Additionally, large financial corporations kick off the fourth quarter earnings cycle during the week. Corporate earnings are expected to increase during the quarter. However, coronavirus cases surged during the quarter which may place downward pressure on earnings...

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Investors tune out political noise in US and make diversified bets on global reflation

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The first week of 2021 saw Democrats gain control of the US Senate, the death throes of Donald Trump’s presidency, over 4 million new COVID-19 cases reported worldwide and over 5 million anti-COVID vaccines administered, Saudi Arabia announce oil production cuts totaling 1 million barrels a day and China crack down on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. Investors, for the most part, looked ahead to better days with both US Equity and Bond Funds recording solid inflows, Global Equity Funds posting their 28th consecutive inflow and Global Bond Funds absorbing fresh money for the 36th time in the past 40 weeks. In addition to taking a diversified approach to the hoped-for global reflation story, investors continue to pencil in higher inflation when it does materialize. Inflation Protected Bond Funds took in over $1 billion for the third time in the past six weeks as they recorded their 36th inflow since the beginning of 2Q20. Emerging Markets Equity Funds, which carried a 15-week inflow streak into January, recorded their first outflow since mid-September as investors redeemed over $3 billion from China Equity Funds.

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Financial Industry Peer Analysis and Bank Ben...

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COVID-weary investors looking forward to a healthier, greener 2021

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A year defined by the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic ended with $600 stimulus checks on their way to millions of Americans, the UK and European Union making guarded toasts to a new trade deal and the number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus climbing towards the 10 million mark. Benchmark US equity indexes hit new record highs in late December and consensus global GDP forecasts anticipate over 5% growth in 2021. Mutual fund investors ended 2020 steadily rebuilding their exposure to emerging markets equity and debt, rotating from actively managed funds to lower cost ETFs, adding to their hedges against inflation, pumping more money into funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates and buying into the post-pandemic technology, healthcare and consumer rebound narratives. EPFR-tracked SRI/ESG Equity and Bond Funds set new full-year inflow marks, as did Healthcare, Consumer Goods and Technology Sector Funds, and the collective AUM of all EPFR-tracked ETFs climbed past the $7 trillion mark in November. There is plenty of cash on hand to pursue these and other themes in 2021. Money Market Funds attracted nearly $1 trillion in 2020, the personal savings rate soared in the US and other key markets, and major central banks remain committed to ultra-accommodative monetary policies.

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