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UCITS experience net outflows in March triggered by volatility in financial markets, says EFAMA

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UCITS experienced net outflows in March of EUR 9 billion, compared to net inflows of EUR 27  billion in February, according to the latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet published by the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

This development in net flows reflected a turnaround in net sales of equity, bond and money market funds from net inflows in February to net outflows in March.
 
Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) suffered their first net outflows in March since May last year.  Net outflows amounted to EUR 3 billion, significantly down from net inflows of EUR19 billion recorded in February. 
 
Equity funds saw net outflows of EUR11 billion, considerably lower compared to net inflows of EUR 4 billion in February. 
 
Bond funds recorded net outflows just under break-even point, after recording net inflows of EUR 4 billion in February.  
 
Balanced funds continued to record net inflows of EUR 7 billion, compared to net inflows of EUR 9 billion in February.
 
Money market funds returned to negative territory in March recording net outflows of EUR6 billion, partly due to end-of-quarter withdrawals.
 
Total non-UCITS recorded a slight decline in net sales from EUR 9 billion in February to EUR 7 billion in March, reflecting a reduced level of net inflows into special funds reserved to institutional investors.
 
Total assets of UCITS amounted to EUR 5,838 billion at end March 2011, a decrease of 1.4 percent since end February.  Total assets of non-UCITS also decreased slightly month-on-month by 0.3 percent to stand at EUR 1,956 billion.
 
Numerous events triggered volatility in financial markets and unnerved investors during March, in particular the ongoing unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, the uncertainties surrounding the devastating earthquake in Japan, and the tensions in oil prices and sovereign debt markets. These events explain the turnaround in the net sales of long-term funds.   

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