Active equity fund flows spike in 2017 after negative 2016
European active equity funds saw a turnaround in net flows during 2017, enjoying a rise of €135.8bn in net new money to €62.7bn, after suffering an outflow of €73.1bn in 2016, according to Morningstar data.
Opportunities for US equities despite negative sentiment
The top European US equity funds returned between 15.14% to 25.63% over the sector average since US president Donald Trump took office in 2017, according to FE Analytics. But negative sentiment is leading many fund selectors to pull out the asset class.
US equity and iShares dominate European ETF market
US equity exchanged traded funds (ETFs) were the preferred product for European investors looking at the ETF market in 2017, accounting for 15% of the market’s assets under management (AUM), according to Thompson Reuters Lipper research.
European fund demand for equities expected to peak in 2018
European asset managers’ appetite for equities is at its highest since March 2015 with the majority of fund managers responding to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest fund manager survey reporting an overweight allocation despite seeing the asset class as expensive.
Lack of commissions to extend 2017’s ETP rebound in Europe
Flows into European equity exchange traded products (ETP) rebounded in 2017, after an annus horribilis in 2016, and the trend is set to continue thanks to MiFID II’s transparency requirements in 2018, according to reports.