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Net assets of UCITS and AIF declined in 2018 in Europe

Monday, March 11, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Net assets of UCITS declined by 4.6% to EUR9,284bn as 24 European countries recorded a decline in net assets in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Net assets of alternative investment funds (AIF) dropped by 0.4 % to EUR5,873bn. Nine countries recorded positive asset growth in 2018. Twenty-four European countries recorded a decline in net assets in 2018.

The total Investment fund net assets in Europe decreased by 3% in 2018 to EUR 15,157bn, EFAMA pointed out.

The fall in worldwide stock markets in the fourth quarter of 2018 wiped out completely the net asset growth recorded during the first three quarters of 2018, said EFAMA. However, nine countries recorded positive asset growth in 2018.

EFAMA report said that net sales of UCITS and AIF totalled EUR245bn in 2018 (EUR948 bn in 2017).

UCITS net sales amounted to EUR 117bn (EUR 740 bn in 2017). Sixteen countries attracted positive net sales in 2018, with four countries recording net sales larger than EUR 10 bn: Luxembourg (EUR 61.6bn), Ireland (EUR 47.4bn), Switzerland (EUR 12.7bn) and Spain (EUR 10.3bn).

AIF recorded net sales of EUR 128bn (EUR 208bn in 2017). Fifteen countries registered net inflows in 2018. Three countries attracted net sales greater than EUR 10bn: Germany (EUR 95.6bn), Ireland (EUR 46.3bn) and Luxembourg (EUR 30.8bn).

Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research said: "2018 w......................

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