Japanese allocations rebounded going into the New Year as global, global ex-US and global emerging markets equity funds all beefed up their exposure to Asia during the final weeks of 2009, according to EPFR Global.
But Pacific equity funds cut their average Japan weighting to a new record low for the fourth consecutive month.
A majority of the eight major EPFR Global-tracked equity fund groups cut their average cash weightings during December, with some taking them down to multi-year lows: going into the New Year EMEA equity fund cash allocations were at their lowest level since 1996.
While investors consistently committed fresh money to Africa regional and Middle East regional equity funds during December, GEM fund managers made significant cuts to their Israel and South Africa allocations.
The sector allocations of the eight major equity fund groups whose GICS Level I sector weightings data is tracked by EPFR Global showed a renewed faith in consumer demand during December. But a majority of these fund groups reversed course on the materials sector and cut their financials allocation for a second consecutive month.
Going into the New Year EPFR Global-tracked global bond funds increased their exposure to several struggling developed European markets and lifted their allocations for Poland and Australia to fresh four year highs.
Emerging markets bond fund allocations for Venezuela and Argentina rebounded during the final month of the year, but Brazil’s average weighting dropped its lowest level since 3Q02.