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Government bond and emerging market equity funds lose appeal ahead of ECB meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mario Draghi
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Investors redeemed an estimated $1bn from government bond funds across all durations as the EPFR Global-tracked Asia ex-Japan Equity Funds posted their biggest weekly outflows since late 4Q11, it was reported.

Data provider EPFR Global said that Taiwan and India equity funds recorded the highest level of redemption requests in over a year while Japan Equity funds posted outflows for the third straight week.

The redemption requests came ahead of the meetings of the European Central Bank and the U.S. Federal Reserve as investors anticipate a new round of quantitative easing in the US and responded to the latest export numbers from Asia. These showed exports to the European Union down some 15% year-on-year in July and, within the region, shipments to China off as much as 12% in the case of Japan.

"Overall, all EPFR Global-tracked Equity Funds surrendered a net $9.9bn during the week ending Sept. 5, with emerging markets equity funds accounting for $1.8bn of that total, while bond funds absorbed $3.19bn and money market funds $4.6bn," the EPFR report said and added, "Expectations that the ECB and the Federal Reserve will deliver further quantitative easing in the coming weeks helped Europe bond funds post their biggest inflow in 13 weeks, accelerated the recent outflows from U.S. Government bond funds and sustained investor appetite for riskier, more rew......................

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