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US Fund groups are the clear winners in 2014

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EPFR Global-tracked US Money Market, Equity and Bond Funds absorbed another USD26.7 billion during the final week of 2014 as they rounded out a year that saw them sprint past their Global and European peers in the fourth quarter. 

With investors growing increasingly risk averse and the US economy sustaining the recovery that began five years ago, flows into US Equity and Money Market Funds during the three months ending December were the biggest since Q1 2013 and Q4 2008 respectively.

This interest in US Money Market Funds, which offer capital preservation and ready access at the expense of yield, was in keeping with a growing focus among investors on liquidity as the US Federal Reserve wound down its quantitative easing programs and tighter regulatory standards limited the ability of investment banks to provide a market for some asset classes. These concerns took their toll on High Yield and Bank Loan Bond Funds and, towards the end of the year, added to the headwinds faced by the previously popular Frontier Markets Equity Funds.

Although much more cautious, investors retained their appetite for quantitative easing going into 2015 with Japan and Switzerland Equity Funds and Europe Bond Funds benefiting from the accommodative policies being pursued by the Bank of Japan, Swiss National Bank and European Central Bank.

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