Jan 20 (Reuters) – Global equity funds secured weekly inflows for a second straight week in the week to Jan. 18 on hopes over waning inflationary risks and more measured rate hikes from the Federal Reserve, though recent data showed a drop in consumer spending.
Refinitiv Lipper data showed global equity funds obtained USD 5.24 billion worth of inflows during the week, a tad higher than the previous week.
However, most inflows went into European equity funds, as investors were chasing the region’s equity markets, which were more battered last year, and are available at cheaper valuations.
European equity funds received USD 7.06 billion, while Asian equity funds obtained USD 1.16 billion. On the other hand, US equity funds faced outflows worth USD 3.13 billion.
Meanwhile, global bond funds also had inflows for the third consecutive week, drawing USD 13.23 billion worth of money.
Investors purchased global corporate funds worth USD 3.74 billion, with high-yield funds luring USD 2.1 billion. However, their buying in government bond funds dipped to a 12-week low of USD 4 million.
Global money market funds faced their first outflow in four weeks, suggesting increased investor risk appetite.
Investors sold USD 222 million worth of precious metal funds among commodity funds, marking their biggest weekly selling in seven weeks. Energy funds also faced an outflow of USD 62 million.
Data for 24,637 emerging market (EM) funds showed equity funds gained USD 6.03 billion to record their biggest weekly inflow since at least Feb. 2021. Bond funds also obtained USD 1.4 billion, booking a third weekly net buying in a row.
(Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)
This article originally appeared on reuters.com