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October 2014 in Brief

Fund flows for October showed a massive slowdown after strong inflows into mutual funds for the first eight months of the year. This slowdown in October was driven by large net outflows (-€9.3bn) from equity funds and from “other” funds (-€1.9bn). But even with these outflows, the European mutual fund industry still posted overall net inflows of €0.4bn into long-term mutual funds for October. Mixed-asset products (+€7.7bn) continued to outpace bond funds (+€4.4bn) in terms of inflows. The only other long-term asset class with net inflows was alternative/hedge products (+€0.2bn), while property funds (-€0.3bn) and commodity funds (-€0.3bn) suffered net outflows.

Opposite to long-term products, money market products enjoyed massive inflows for October, with money market funds posting inflows of €27.4bn and enhanced money market funds enjoying net inflows of €1.1bn.

Despite the overall net flows, equities North America (+€4.4bn) was the best selling sector with regard to long-term funds, followed by asset allocation products (+€3.8bn) and bond EUR funds (+€3.5bn) as well as bonds EUR corporate investment-grade debt funds (+€3.1bn) and bonds global currencies funds (+€2.0bn). At the other end of the spectrum bonds equities Europe funds suffered net outflows (-€4.1bn), bettered somewhat by equities global (-€3.3bn) as well as equities Europe mid-/small-caps (-€2.8bn), equities emerging markets (-€2.3bn), and bonds specialty (-€2.2bn) funds. Read more


European Fund Market Mid-Year Review - 2014 Edition

Lipper's annual review of the European funds industry provides 20 pages packed with sales and assets data on activity in different markets, as well as a look at which groups and products prospered in 2013. The report includes unique data on cross-border activity, as well as commentary on various issues that impact the industry over the near term and long term.

You can view the report by clicking here