Global equity funds attract big inflows at start of 2022

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Global equity funds attracted massive inflows for a third straight week in the seven days to 5th January, as world stocks started the new year on a solid footing, shrugging off worries over the Omicron coronavirus variant and higher inflation.

According to Reuters, “Investors purchased global equity funds worth a net $19.01B in the period, data from Refinitiv Lipper showed, although that was down from $29.45B in the previous week.”

MSCI’s global equity index hit a record high this week, with strong gains across the board from the United States to Asia.

However, minutes of the Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting, released on Wednesday, poured cold water on the rally as they pointed to a faster-than-expected rise in U.S. interest rates.

U.S. equity funds attracted a net $8.98B in the week to Jan. 5, while European and Asian equity funds drew $7.25B and $0.43B respectively.

Financial funds drew $1.21B and healthcare received $564M but tech funds saw a net outflow of $303M in a third straight week of selling.

Investors purchased global bond funds worth a net $14.95B, their biggest weekly net buying in four months.

Reuters also states that “short- and medium-term bond funds pulled in $4.56B, their biggest weekly inflow in six months. High-yield bond funds received $3.05B while inflation-protected bond funds attracted $2.03B.”

Net inflows into government-bond funds dropped to a three-week low of $1.04B.

Global money market funds received inflows of $19.53B, a 51% decline from the previous week.

Among commodities, precious metal funds drew net inflows of $349M while energy funds saw a marginal outflow of $2M.

An analysis of 23,858 emerging market funds showed bond funds attracted a net $1.95B, their largest weekly inflow in nine months, while equity funds received $1.9B, a 30% increase over the previous week.

Source: Reuters

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