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January 2015 in Brief

After a weak December the European mutual fund industry returned to its growth pattern in January, enjoying net inflows of €25.7bn into long-term mutual funds. The majority of these flows were again seen into mixed-asset funds (+€15.6bn), followed by bond funds (+€7.6bn), equity funds (+€2.5bn), alternative/hedge products (+€1.0bn), and commodity funds (€0.7bn). In contrast, property funds (-€0.4bn) and “other” products (-€1.3bn) suffered net outflows for January.

In line with the long-term products money market products also enjoyed net inflows for January. In fact, money market funds (+€17.5bn) posted the highest net inflows of all asset types, while enhanced money market funds (+€0.8bn) also enjoyed net inflows.

These inflows lifted the overall net inflows for January to a healthy €44.1bn.

According to the overall net flows, asset allocation (+€10.6bn) was the best selling sector with regard to long-term funds, followed by bonds EUR funds (+€4.7bn) and bonds EUR corporate investment-grade funds (+€3.7bn) as well as funds of funds conservative (+€3.3bn) and mixed-asset conservative funds (+€3.0bn). At the other end of the spectrum equities emerging markets suffered net outflows (-€2.8bn), bettered somewhat by bonds USD corporate high yield funds (-€2.1bn) and bonds global high yield funds (-€1.7bn) as well as equities Greater China (-€1.3bn) and equities United Kingdom (-€1.2bn). 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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