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February 2014 in Brief

For January the European mutual fund industry enjoyed overall net inflows of €23.7bn for long-term mutual funds. Opposite to the previous month, for January money market products enjoyed net inflows (+€25.2bn). The net inflows into long-term mutual funds were mainly driven by flows into equity funds (+€12.9bn) and mixed-asset funds (+€7bn). In addition, bond funds saw net inflows of €5bn. On the other side of the table, alternative/hedge funds (-€0.003bn) stood nearly flat, while property products (-€0.3bn) as well as “other” products (-€0.3bn) and commodity funds (-€0.6bn) showed moderate net outflows.

It is remarkable that the flows into bond funds were driven by two institutional funds (DNB AM Kort Obligasjon and DNB AM Lang Obligasjon) that were launched in January and enjoyed combined net inflows of €4.4 bn for January.

Following the sales pattern for long-term funds were equities Europe (+€4.4bn) and equities North America (+€4.2bn), followed by asset allocation products (+€3.9bn), bonds NOK (+€3.1bn), and equities speciality (+€2.6bn). At the other end of the spectrum bonds emerging markets in local currencies suffered net outflows of around €2.7 bn, bettered somewhat by guaranteed funds (-€2.6bn), equities Pacific ex-Japan (-€2.4bn), equities emerging markets (-€1.9bn), and bonds global currencies (-€1.8bn). Read more

European Fund Market 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.

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