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EFAMA reports stronger demand for bond funds in April

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Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) recorded net inflows of EUR33 billion in April, compared to EUR18 billion in March, according to the latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet from The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Net inflows into bond funds increased to EUR24 billion, from EUR11 billion in March. Multi-asset funds recorded net sales of EUR6 billion, same as in March. On the other hand, equity funds continued to experience net outflows, albeit lower than in March (EUR2 billion).
 
Net sales of UCITS money market funds rebounded to EUR11 billion, from net outflows of EUR10 billion in March. 
 
AIF recorded net inflows of EUR21 billion, compared to EUR19 billion in March. Net assets of UCITS increased by 1.4 per cent in April to EUR8,104 billion, and AIF net assets increased by 0.7 per cent to EUR5,148 billion. Overall, total net assets of European investment funds increased by 1.1 per cent in April to stand at EUR13,252 billion at the end of the month. 
 
Bernard Delbecque (pictured), director of Economics and Research at EFAMA, says: “The accommodative monetary policy and the stimulus still in the pipeline supported the demand for bond and multi-assets funds in April, whereas weak economic growth and downside risks continued to weigh on equity funds.”

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