Long-short equity funds saw €4.6bn in net inflows in the first four months of 2013. This is three times more than in the same period last year, indicating that more European investors are positioning for equity markets’ fortunes to turn.
Still, the net inflows into long-only equity fund flows are considerably larger than those into alternative funds: €18.4bn, making it by far the most popular asset class among investors.
Bond inflows fall short on both sides
On the bond side, net inflows into long-short debt funds halved to €3.7bn. At the same time, long-only government bond funds made a comeback, recording net positive inflows of almost €3bn. Inflows into developed market corporate bond funds fell from €18.4bn to €6.1bn.