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February: funds that saw the most inflows

Citywire Asia presents the top five sectors and funds that saw the most net inflows in February 2018

In this gallery, we examine the top sectors and funds that saw the most net inflows in February 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 February 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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The emerging markets global local currency bond is the only fixed income sector among the top 5 asset classes by net inflows in February.

During the month, 73.9% of funds in the sector saw net new money with each fund drawing in $152.8 mil on average. The BGF Emerging Market Local Currency Bond fund accounted for 67.0% of the net inflows.

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The rally experienced by Asian equities over the past year ended abruptly in February following the global correction. The MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex-Japan equity index fell by 4.71% (in USD terms) during the month. However, the pullback hasn't hampered investors' confidence in the sector which saw net inflows of $4.3 billion.

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In February, the European equity sector saw net inflows of $5.4 billion, more than twice the month before ($2.2 billion).

The MFS Meridian European Value fund showed signs of recovering sentiments - investors injected $322.3 million in February after withdrawing $147.2 million over the last two months.

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The global equity sector has been seeing a steady stream of inflows since July 2016. Over these 20 months to February 2018, the sector accumulated net new assets of $29.8 billion.

In February, 70.8% of funds in the sector saw positive net flows. During the month, each of these funds collected $48.4 million on average.

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The global stock meltdown in early February saw many investors exiting the equity market. Despite so, the global emerging market equity sector managed to gather net new money of $7.4 billion during the month.

Inflows were led by Comgest Growth Emerging Markets fund which had assets under management of $7.9 billion at end February. During the month, the fund collected $726.9 million, more than twice the previous month ($333.4 million).

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