Net sales of UCITS and AIFs for August 2017 totalled EUR 94 billion, slightly lower than EUR96 billion in July, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association”s (EFAMA) latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet.
UCITS registered net sales of EUR 69 billion, down from EUR 83 billion in July. Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) recorded net sales of EUR 44 billion, down from EUR 61 billion in July.
Net sales of equity funds totalled EUR 5 billion, down from EUR 19 billion in July, while net sales of bond funds totalled EUR 24 billion, down from EUR 29 billion in July, and net sales of multi-asset funds totalled EUR 14 billion, up from EUR 11 billion in July.
UCITS money market funds registered net inflows of EUR25 billion, higher than the EUR 22 billion registered in July. AIFs recorded net sales of EUR 25 billion, up from the EUR 13 billion recorded in July.
Total net assets of UCITS and AIFs totalled EUR15,118 billion at end August, compared to EUR15,059 billion at end July and EUR14,147 billion at end 2016.
Bernard Delbecque (pictured), Senior director for Economics and Research at EFAMA, says: ‘Net inflows into UCITS and AIFs remained close to historical peaks in August, despite a drop in net sales of equity funds against the background of rising geopolitical tensions caused by North Korea’s missile tests.’