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Editor’s view

In many ways it was a typical August for the funds industry, with the usual summer malaise prompting a sales slump which saw long-term fund flows end the month marginally in the red, at just under €1bn.

Market Focus

Brexit uncertainty sees investor exodus

August was another dire month for the UK funds industry as the prospect of weakening global growth combined with worries of a no-deal Brexit. Asset managers saw a sea of red as investors withdrew in their hoards, although total redemptions were not quite as high as in previous …

Distributor commentary
“I think that the low-interest-rate environment will have an effect in this regard, in that it should lead to the launch of products that suit the requirements a of such a scenario. Other factors that could come into play would be the carrying out of structural reforms in countries - Greece, for example - where such measures have yet to be effected, and the removal of political risk as a threat to market stability over the next few years. ”
Drivers of change: Spain, Funds of funds management

Net sales history of active long-term funds (€m)

Infographic of the month: August

See our snapshot of this month's activity