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Top five sectors with the biggest inflows in August

Exclusive Citywire research examining the top five sectors with the most net inflows in August

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

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 August.

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 alternative UCITS global macro sector continues to see positive flows for the 17th month running.

Flows into the sector is concentrated in the H2O adagio fund which accounted for 84.7% of the sector's flows. The fund delivered net returns of 5.0% over one year to 31 August. In contrast, its reference index (EONIA compounded daily) recorded returns of -0.4% across the same period.

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85.2% of the funds in the technology equity sector registered positive flows in August.

During the month, the Fidelity global technology fund drew in $97.1 million, nearly 2.6 times of the inflows it saw in July.

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Investors injected $1.1 billion into the US equity sector in August 2018.

Inflows into the Artemis US extended alpha fund extends into its fifth month. However the fund's year-to-date flows stands at -$778.9 million largely due to the $1.1 billion redemption it saw in March this year.

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Assets totalling $431.4 million were pulled from the MFS Meridian prudent wealth fund in 2017. The fund has since observed a reversal in flows since the start of 2018 and has gathered $481.9 million year-to-date.

The fund has been soft-closed since 1 August 2016.

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The global equity sector remains a favoured sector among investors. The sector has seen 26 consecutive months of net inflows since June 2016 and accumulated new money amounting to $39.1 billion during this period of time.

The Morgan Stanley global opportunity fund registered the largest inflows in the sector year-to-date. Investors have added $4.5 billion into the fund since the start of the year, lifting the fund's assets to $8.2 billion as of end August. The fund is managed by AAA-rated manager Kristian Heugh who is also the top performing manager in the sector over the last five years.

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