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Huge surge in UCITS net sales for the first quarter of 2015


UCITS net sales surged in the first quarter of 2015 to EUR285 billion, up from EUR49 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the latest quarterly statistical report from The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

Long-term UCITS – UCITS excluding money market funds – also posted a steep increase in net sales during the quarter to EUR240 billion, up from EUR53 billion. Demand for bond funds jumped to EUR77 billion, up from EUR20 billion in the previous quarter. Net sales of multi-asset funds also posted a strong rise in net inflows during the quarter to EUR101 billion, up from EUR19 billion in the fourth quarter. Equity funds registered a turnaround in net sales to post net inflows of EUR39 billion, against net outflows of EUR5 billion registered in the previous quarter.
Money market funds posted net inflows of EUR45 billion in the first quarter, against net outflows of EUR5 billion recorded in the previous quarter.
AIF net sales amounted to EUR17 billion in the first quarter, down from EUR62 billion in the fourth quarter. This reduction in net sales was due to reduced net sales of multi-asset funds (EUR21 billion compared to EUR39 billion in the fourth quarter) and net outflows from equity funds during the quarter EUR14 billion, compared to net inflows of EUR2 billion in the fourth quarter. Institutional net sales increased to EUR54 billion, up from EUR44 billion in the previous quarter.
European investment fund assets posted growth of 12.6 per cent during the first quarter of 2015 to stand at EUR12,663 billion at end March 2015. Net assets of UCITS increased by 15.4  per cent to stand at EUR8,277 billion at end March 2015, whilst total net assets of AIFs increased by 7.8 per cent in the first quarter to stand at EUR4,387 billion at quarter end.

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