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August 2014 in Brief

European investors become risk cautious in August Fund flows in August slowed after strong inflows into mutual funds in July. Nevertheless, the European mutual fund industry enjoyed overall net inflows of €18.5bn into long-term mutual funds for August. Once again, the majority of these flows were gathered by bond funds (+€11.5bn), followed by mixed-asset products (+€7.5bn). These two asset types outpaced all other types of long-term funds. The third best asset type in terms of net flows, property funds, saw inflows of €0.7bn, while equity funds saw shy inflows of around €0.3bn and commodity funds (+€0.02bn) stood near the zero line. On the other side, alternative/hedge funds (-€0.5bn) and funds from the “other” peer group (-€1.0bn) suffered net outflows.

Money market products enjoyed net inflows for August, with money market funds gathering €9.6bn while enhanced money market funds faced outflows of €0.5bn.

With regard to long-term funds, asset allocation products (+€3.8bn) were once again the best selling asset class, followed by bonds flexible (+€2.7bn) and bonds global currencies (+€2.6bn) as well as bonds EUR (+€2.5bn) and equities Pacific ex Japan (+€2.2bn). At the other end of the spectrum bonds USD corporate high yield once again suffered net outflows (-€2.8bn), bettered by bonds global high yield (-€1.5bn) as well as equities Europe (-€1.2bn), equities North America mid-/small-cap (-€1.2bn), and equities Euroland (-€1.1bn).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.

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