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Central bank actions send investors to equities

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data from EPFR shows that investors have come off the sidelines and are returning heavily to equities following recent central bank actions. EPFR Global-tracked Equity Funds posted their biggest combined weekly inflow in over four years as flows into Global, Emerging Markets and Europe Equity Funds hit 52, 32 and 19 week highs respectively.

With the US Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan all unveiling fresh stimulus programs since the beginning of September, the search for yield and tangible assets also kicked into higher gear. High Yield Bond Funds posted their second biggest weekly inflow on record while Commodities Sector Funds took in over $2bn for the first time since mid-4Q11.

Inflows into Asian markets were relatively negative compared to the US and EU. However, Proactive Investors Australia is reporting that China mainland stocks rose for a second day on speculation regulators will introduce measures to boost equities. Prior to that announcement, the benchmark index had dropped to its lowest point since 2009. If the Shanghai index falls below 2,000 market observers expect swift action from regulators to bring equities back in the region. The slowing of the Chinese economy has a......................

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