Global equity funds see record inflows this year -Lipper

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– Global equity funds have drawn record inflows of money this year as an economic rebound and a surge in demand after pandemic restrictions were eased have boosted companies’ profits.

According to Refinitiv data, investors poured $704.16 billion into equity funds between January and November, already surpassing 2007’s previous annual record of $550.9 billion.

(Graphic: Yearly fund flows into global equities, bonds and money markets,

Tech funds alone drew inflows worth $71.7 billion in January-November, a 9% increase over the same period last year.

Financials and consumer discretionary sector funds attracted record inflows of $36.45 billion and $19 billion respectively.

Investment in healthcare funds dropped 45% from the same period last year, however, to just $14.4 billion.

Global bond funds attracted $868.4 billion in the first eleven months of 2021, up from $399.33 billion in January-November last year and easily exceeding the $517.35 billion of net purchases seen in all of 2020.

(Graphic: Global fund flows into equity sectors,

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Short and medium-term bond funds attracted $303.89 billion in net buying in the year to November, while government bond funds lured $200.59 billion compared with inflows of just $58.21 billion in the same period a year ago.

Inflation-protected funds drew in $88.42 billion, a six-fold increase from January-November 2020, reflecting growing worries about rising prices.

Global high-yield bond funds saw inflows fall about 70% from last year, to $17.49 billion in January-November.

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Global money market funds drew net purchases of $221.27 billion, a big fall from $990.83 billion in the first eleven months of 2020.

Within commodities, precious metal funds witnessed outflows of $6.7 billion, while energy funds saw net selling of $5.02 billion.

An analysis of 33,794 emerging market funds showed equity funds drew a net $107.58 billion of buying and bond funds lured in $40.63 billion in the year to November, after each seeing outflows last year.

(Graphic: Fund flows into EM equities and bonds,

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In the week ended Dec. 8, global equity funds received inflows of $2.71 billion, while bond funds drew in $4.06 billion, the data showed.

(Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy in Bengaluru; Editing by Catherine Evans)