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Global investment fund assets resurgence in 1Q 2019, up by 9.2%

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global assets rebound with strong growth that was driven by the recovery in financial markets, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Worldwide Investment fund assets worldwide increased by 9.2% to EUR 48 trillion at end Q1 2019, EFAMA said in its latest International Statistical Release describing the trends in worldwide investment fund industry in the first quarter of 2019.

Worldwide bond funds recorded net inflows of EUR236bn in Q1 2019, compared to net outflows of EUR59bn in Q4 2018.

These strong global sales were mostly driven by inflows in the United States (EUR 123 bn), Europe (EUR80bn) and emerging markets (EUR21bn, of which EUR20bn in China), the report said.

Meanwhile, Global Equity funds recorded net outflows of EUR 22 bn in Q1 2019, compared to net inflows of EUR99bn in Q4 2018.

Europe registered net outflows (EUR37bn), which were not fully offset by limited inflows in the other advanced economies (EUR10bn), the United States (EUR3bn) and emerging markets (EUR3bn).

Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research commented: "The shift towards a more accommodative monetary policy in early 2019 in response to the slowdown in global economic outlook has led to a shift in investor demand from equity funds to bond funds."

At the end of Q1 2019, assets of equity funds represented 41.5% and bond funds represented 20.7% of all investment fund assets worldwide. O......................

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