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Institutional asset management industry sees out flows of USD95.4bn in Q1

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eVestment’s Q1 2016 Institutional Investment Traditional Asset Flows Report shows net outflows from the industry of USD95.4 billion in the quarter, compared to outflows of USD137.1 billion reported in Q4 2015. 

Equity strategies saw a 12th consecutive quarter of net outflows, with USD58.6 billion in outflows during 1Q, while fixed-income products reported USD26.7 billion in outflows and balanced/multi-asset products reported net outflows totalling USD10.1 billion during the past quarter.

The report looks at trends in institutional investor asset flows around the globe based on data reported to eVestment by asset managers working on behalf of investors like pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and foundations. eVestment tracks more than USD37 trillion in institutional money managed by external asset managers around the world.

In addition to overall global flows, the report looks at flows across a wide variety of investment types, strategies and geographies. 

Passively managed strategies continue to gain favour, with passive strategies reporting net inflows of USD25.7 billion in Q1 2016, while actively managed strategies reported net outflows of USD131.4 billion in the same period.

Search activity for ESG strategies has been strong on eVestment in recent quarters, but flows to those strategies remain small, with just USD4 billion in net inflows to ESG strategies in Q1 2016.

US domiciled accounts reported USD111.1 billion in outflows in Q1 2016. Outflows were once again driven by redemptions from US equity strategies.

Investors domiciled in a variety of other areas – including the United Kingdom, Canada, Africa/Middle East and Australia saw outflows. However Japanese investors were net buyers in the first quarter of 2016 with net inflows of USD26.7 billion, following inflows of USD29.3 billion in Q4 2015. As in all four quarters of 2015, US bonds were the recipient of the largest flows from Japanese investors. US bonds reported inflows of USD10.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

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