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Net sales of worldwide investment funds totalled almost EUR2,000 billion in 2015


Investment fund assets worldwide increased 5.9 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2015 to EUR36.94 trillion at end 2015, according to the latest statistical release from the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). 

The year asset growth reached 12 per cent.  In US dollar terms, worldwide investment fund assets totalled USD 40.2 trillion at end 2015.
Worldwide net cash inflows increased in the fourth quarter to EUR579 billion, up from EUR230 billion in the third quarter, thanks to a strong rise in net sales of long-term funds.
Long-term funds (all funds excluding money market funds) recorded net inflows of EUR364 billion during the fourth quarter, up from the EUR49 billion registered in the previous quarter.
Equity funds attracted net inflows of EUR174 billion, up from EUR78 billion in the third quarter, while
bond funds registered net sales of EUR32 billion, up from the outflows of EUR21 billion in the previous quarter. Balanced funds, meanwhile, registered net sales of EUR120 billion, up from the outflows of EUR33 billion in the third quarter. 
Money market funds registered net inflows of EUR215 billion during the fourth quarter, compared to EUR181 billion in the third quarter of 2015.
Overall in 2015, worldwide investment funds attracted net sales of EUR1,969 billion, up from EUR1,532 billion in 2014.  Worldwide long-term funds registered net inflows of EUR1,602 billion in 2015, compared to EUR1,379 billion in 2014.
At the end of 2015, assets of equity funds represented 40 per cent and bond funds represented 20 per cent of all investment fund assets worldwide. Of the remaining assets money market funds represented 13 per cent and the asset share of balanced/mixed funds was 18 per cent.  
The market share of the ten largest countries/regions in the world market were the United States (48.4 per cent), Europe (33.2 per cent), Australia (3.8 per cent), Japan (3.3 per cent), China (3.1 per cent), Canada (2.9 per cent), Brazil (2.8 per cent), Rep. of Korea (0.9 per cent), India (0.4 per cent) and South Africa (0.4 per cent).

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