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Blackrock index equity funds suffer $30bn outflows

Blackrock has reported the sharpest drop in net inflows for two years as anxious investors redeemed money in droves from passive and active equity funds during the third quarter.

In its Q3 financial results, Blackrock said net inflows across its business totalled $10.6bn (€9.2bn), down markedly from the $55bn and $20bn of net inflows it took in during the first and second quarter this year.

Institutional investors withdrew a combined $24.8bn from its index funds and active management business. Its non-ETF passive equities funds accounted for the majority of these redemptions, haemorrhaging $30.8bn during the period.

Equity funds were also a weak point for its retail business, with clients pulling $2.9bn from its active strategies. The fund group’s retail segment finished the quarter with net inflows of $1.7bn.

Institutional outflows were ultimately offset by inflows of $33.7bn into its iShares business, which continued to drive asset growth.

Risk-averse investors

However, net subscriptions are down substantially from where they were last year. In Q2 17 iShares brought in $138.2bn alone, while institutional investors poured $173.9bn in total into index and active funds.

Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO said outflows were the result of pension funds and other institutional investors de-risking their portfolios in light of divergent monetary policy and geopolitical uncertainty.

“Over the last twelve months, total net inflows of $177 billion reflect continued growth in key areas of our business, including iShares, multi-asset solutions, illiquid alternatives and Aladdin,” he added.

AUM hits $6.4trn

Assets under management (AUM) grew 8% year-on-year to $6.4trn. This included $28bn of net AUM added from strategic transactions.

The asset manager also posted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $7.52, up 27% from the same period last year when it EPS was $5.90. The firm said this was boosted by higher non-operating income and a lower effective tax rate.

Fink added: “We continue to build and evolve our business in order to stay ahead of clients’ needs and industry disruption and completed several strategic transactions during the quarter to accelerate future growth.”

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Sonia Rach

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