October 15 (Reuters) – Global bond funds faced their first weekly outflow in seven months in the week to October 13, amid fears that higher inflation levels would prompt central banks to cancel their support during the crisis earlier than expected.
According to Lipper’s data, investors sold net $ 2.3 billion in global bond funds, marking their first weekly net sale since March 10.
The two-year Treasury yield, which typically moves according to interest rate expectations, peaked a year and a half at 0.394% this week, after data showed that prices at the consumption had climbed in September. Read more
However, inflation-protected bond funds, which serve as a hedge against falling prices for goods and services, attracted $ 1.83 billion, the largest in 2.5 months.
Meanwhile, global equity funds posted meager buying, taking in just $ 99.95 million, up from $ 6.36 billion the week before.
Chinese equity funds faced a fourth consecutive weekly outflow of $ 391 million, while Japanese equity funds reported net sales of $ 1.13 billion.
Among sector funds, financials received $ 1.63 billion, an increase of 70% from the previous week. Technology funds attracted $ 220 million, while communications services and equipment recorded outflows of $ 494 million and $ 285 million, respectively.
Global money market funds received net inflows of $ 1.25 billion, up from $ 14.1 billion the week before.
Among commodities funds, energy funds received inflows of $ 243 million after exiting the previous week, while precious metals funds faced a third consecutive weekly outflow of $ 482 million.
An analysis of 23,430 emerging market funds showed that investors sold bond funds for a fourth consecutive week, worth $ 2.84 billion, and became sellers of equity funds, with sales net of $ 701 million.
Report by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy in Bengaluru;
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