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FEBRUARY 2015 in Brief

European fund flows for February far outpaced those for January (+€25.7bn); the European fund industry enjoyed inflows of €65bn into long-term mutual funds in the later month. Compared to January there was a change in the most favoured asset class; the majority of the flows went into bond funds (+€24.5bn), followed by mixed-asset funds (+€21.2bn), equity funds (+€17bn), commodity funds (+€1bn), property funds (€0.9bn), and alternative/hedge products (+€0.6bn). “Other” products (-€0.003bn) were the only asset type that suffered net outflows for February.

In line with the long-term products money market products also enjoyed net inflows for February. In fact, money market funds posted net inflows of €6.0bn, while enhanced money market funds (+€0.04bn) also enjoyed net inflows.

These inflows lifted the overall net inflows for February to a healthy €71bn.

Asset allocation (+€12.2bn) was the best selling sector among the long-term funds, followed by equities Europe funds (+€5.8bn), funds of funds conservative (+€4.9bn), and bonds EUR corporate investment-grade funds (+€4.7bn) as well as mixed-asset conservative funds (+€4.6bn). At the other end of the spectrum equities North America suffered net outflows (-€4.2bn), bettered somewhat by target maturity (-€1.7bn) and guaranteed (-€1.7bn) as well as equities United Kingdom (-€1.4bn) and bond EUR short-term (-€0.9bn). Read more

European Fund Market Review - 2015 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 2014. 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.

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