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June 2014 in Brief
Once again, European investors favour bond funds
The European mutual funds industry enjoyed overall net inflows of €38.1bn into long-term mutual funds for June 2014, which drove up the net inflows for the first half of 2014 to €244.1bn. The net inflows for June were driven mainly by flows into bond funds (+€19.2bn), followed by mixed-asset funds (+€12.1bn) and equity products (+€6.0bn). Also, property products (+€0.8bn) as well as alternative/hedge funds (+€0.5bn) saw net inflows, while commodity funds (-€0.001bn) and funds from the “other” peer group (-€0.5bn) faced outflows.
In addition to the long-term mutual funds, enhanced money market products enjoyed net inflows of €0.3bn, while money market funds themselves faced net outflows of €10.9bn for June. Despite these outflows, money market funds still posted net inflows of €6.0bn for the first half of 2014.
With regard to long-term funds, asset allocation products (+€6.6bn) were the best selling asset class, followed by bonds flexible (+€3.1bn) and bonds global currencies (+€2.9bn) as well as equities Europe (+€2.9bn) and mixed-asset balanced (+€2.7bn). At the other end of the spectrum equities global (-€3.4bn) suffered net outflows, bettered by bonds GBP corporate investment-grade (-€2.6bn) as well as bonds USD corporate high yield (-€1.8bn), guaranteed funds (-€1.0bn), and equities Germany (-€0.8bn). Read more
European Fund Market Mid-Year Review - 2014 Edition
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