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Investment fund assets in Europe increased by 6.1 per cent to a record high of EUR14,142 billion in 2016, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association’s (EFAMA) latest Quarterly Statistical Release. 

Overall, net assets of UCITS increased by 5.5 per cent to EUR8,658 billion, while net assets of AIF increased by 7.0 per cent to EUR5,483 billion and net sales of UCITS reached EUR275 billion, compared to EUR590 billion in 2015 and EUR189 billion on average in 2007-2013.
 
Equity funds suffered a negative turnaround in net sales in 2016, as net sales never really recovered from the stock market sell-off in January.
 
After three years of constantly increasing net sales, multi-asset funds suffered a sharp fall in net sales in 2016, as investors tried to limit their – direct and indirect – exposure to stock markets.
 
Following a difficult first quarter, bond funds enjoyed a strong rise in net inflows on the back of falling long-term interest rates, while the higher uncertainty and renewed downside risks continued to increase the demand for money market funds in 2016, in spite of very low returns.
 
Net sales of AIF increased to EUR184 billion, compared to EUR148 billion in 2015.
 
Bernard Delbecque, senior director for economics and research at EFAMA, says: “2016 was another record year for the European investment fund industry, with net assets of European investment funds rising to an all-time high of EUR14,142 billion and net sales of AIF reaching an all-time high of EUR184 billion. Despite multiple adverse shocks, the net sales of UCITS remained largely positive in 2016.”

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