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Outflows from Emerging Market Equity Funds were the strongest in three years in the week ending February 2 as investors continued taking last year’s gains and putting them to work in the US, Japan and other developed markets, according to the latest figures released by EPFR.

US Equity Funds extended their current inflow streak to five weeks and USD20.6 billion, Japan Equity Funds took in fresh money for the 10th week in a row and year-to-date inflows into Global Equity Funds climbed past the USD6 billion mark. Sentiment towards emerging markets was not helped by the turmoil in Egypt and parts of North Africa , with Middle East and Africa Regional Equity Funds experiencing their biggest weekly outflow since mid-4Q07, EMEA Equity Funds seeing a 20 week inflow streak snapped and Energy Sector Funds taking in over USD1 billion.

Investors remain wary of US municipal and European sovereign debt, although outflows from US Municipal Bond Funds of USD761.4 million was the first outflow below USD1 billion since the week ending December 8. Overall, EPFR Global-tracked Bond Funds posted collective inflows of USD2.04 billion for the week versus outflows of USD772 million for Equity Funds. Redemptions from Money Market Funds totalled USD14.6 billion, taking year to date outflows over the USD65 billion mark.

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