Against a backdrop that included record unemployment in France, fresh gains for ISIS in Syria, declining German business confidence and growing evidence of further Russian involvement in the Ukraine’s civil war, investors opted to go train-watching in late August.
Anticipation of the “through train” scheduled to connect Hong Kong and Shanghai’s equity markets in early 4Q14 and hopes of a gravy train carrying fresh quantitative easing measures from the European Central Bank saw equity indices soar, flows into EPFR Global-tracked Europe equity funds jump to an 11 week high and China equity funds extend their longest inflow streak since the first quarter.
Overall, EPFR Global-tracked bond funds absorbed a net USD5.25 billion during the week ending August 27 while equity funds pulled in USD4.98 billion. Dividend equity funds took in fresh money for the ninth straight and equity funds with a social responsible investing (SRI) mandate recoded their biggest weekly inflow since the current financial crisis began.
Cash continued to flow into money market funds, which extended their longest inflow streak since the comparable period last year. Although US funds accounted for the bulk of this week’s inflows, Japan money market funds led the way in flows as a percentage of assets under management terms.
At the country level funds redemptions from Japan equity funds hit an 11 week high, China bond funds recorded their biggest inflow since early December and Italy equity funds snapped their recent losing run.