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Worldwide investment fund assets hit all-time high record EUR37.8 trillion in Q1

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Investment fund assets worldwide stood at a new all-time high of EUR37.8 trillion at end March 2015, reflecting growth of 13.7 per cent during the first quarter, according to figure from The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

In US dollar terms, worldwide investment fund assets increased 0.8 per cent to stand at USD 40.35 trillion at March 2015, reflecting the depreciation of the euro vis-à-vis the US dollar during the first quarter of 2015.
 
Worldwide net cash inflows increased in the first quarter to EUR574 billion, up from EUR495 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to increased net inflows to equity, bond and balanced/mixed funds.
 
Long-term funds (all funds excluding money market funds) recorded net inflows of EUR585 billion during the first quarter, a 54 per cent increase from the previous quarter (EUR379 billion).
 
Equity funds attracted net inflows of EUR157 billion, up from EUR138 billion in the fourth quarter.
Bond funds posted increased net inflows of EUR173 billion, up from EUR87 billion in the previous quarter. 
 
Balanced funds also registered a large net inflow of EUR213 billion, up from EUR120 billion in the previous quarter.
 
Money market funds registered net outflows of EUR12 billion during the first quarter of 2015, compared to net inflows of EUR116 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. This result is largely attributable to net outflows in the United States (EUR70 billion), whereas Europe registered net inflows during the quarter of EUR43 billion.
 
At the end of the first quarter, assets of equity funds represented 40 per cent and bond funds represented 21 per cent of all investment fund assets worldwide. Of the remaining assets, money market funds represented 11 per cent and the asset share of balanced/mixed funds was 17 per cent. 
 
The market share of the ten largest countries/regions in the world market were the United States (49.2 per cent), Europe (32.5 per cent), Australia (3.9 per cent), Japan (3.8 per cent), Brazil (3.2 per cent), Canada (3.1 per cent), China (2.0 per cent), Rep. of Korea (0.9 per cent), South Africa (0.4 per cent) and India (0.4 per cent).

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