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Which funds investors pumped the most money in July

Citywire Asia presents the top five sectors that saw the most net inflows in July.

In this gallery, we examine the top sectors and funds that saw the most net inflows in July 2018.

The analysis is based on global fund flows experienced by funds available for sale in Singapore and/or Hong Kong. All flow figures are in US dollars.

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In this gallery, we examine the top sectors and funds that saw the most net inflows in July 2018.

The analysis is based on global fund flows experienced by funds available for sale in Singapore and/or Hong Kong. All flow figures are in US dollars.

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Following June's outflows of $92.2 million, the Euro bonds sector rebounded with net new assets of $885.8 million in July.  On average, each fund in the sector saw net inflows of $34.1 million during the month.

After three straight months of net redemptions, the Morgan Stanley Euro Strategic bond fund finally bucked the trend with positive flows of $237.5 million. The fund is co-managed by Citywire + rated managers Richard Class and Richard Ford.

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The technology equity sector has seen 24 straight months of inflows since August 2016 and netted $11.4 billion over this period.

The Allianz Global Artificial Intelligence fund was launched in March 2017 and has amassed $1.1 billion in assets over the last 16 months. The fund is led by Sebastian Thomas and has generated a total return of 23.4% since inception.

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2017 was a year of outflows for US equities with net withdrawals for the year amounting to $6.9 billion.

However, there was a turnaround in sentiments this year as the region posted strong earnings momentum and earnings outlook.

Private banks’ including DBS and Deutsche Bank have recently highlighted US equity as their preferred market while Standard Chartered has been advising clients to increase their exposure in this space.

The sector has attracted net new assets of $8.2 billion year-to-date. 

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While the mixed assets flexible USD sector drew in net inflows of $1.8 billion in July, only 37.5% of funds in the sector saw positive flows during the month.

Flows into the sector has been dominated by the Allianz income and growth fund since April this year. In July, the fund registered $1.9 billion net new money - its highest inflows year-to-date.

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In July, the global equity sector recorded net inflows of $2.6 billion, double of what it saw in June ($1.3 billion). 

The Fundsmith equity I class fund led the pack with net subscriptions of $711.5 million. The fund was launched in Nov 2010 and has been under the watch of Citywire AAA rated manager Terry Smith since.

 Since inception to 31 July 2018, the fund has returned 296.8%, outperforming the MSCI World index by 145.3 percentage points over the same period.

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