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Editor’s View

That Europe was heading into the heart of the summer-holiday season was more apparent in some markets' flows than others, but all in all July was a pretty flat month for new business – much more so than has been the case in recent years.

Market Focus

High summer in a low key

With seasonal influences outweighing any ‘feel-good’ factor from the month’s widespread buoyancy in stock markets, investor activity in the domestic funds arena slowed noticeably in July. Headline net sales followed the modest gains of June with a gentle reversal into the red, extending their lacklustre post-February run. Among …

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: July

See our snapshot of this month's activity