eVestment: Traditional Asset Flows Largely Flat in Q2/17

Aug 31 2017 | 10:01pm ET

Capital flows to traditional asset managers were largely flat in the second quarter, according to new research from eVestment, but the period did see large moves across asset classes and regional strategies. 

Distinct from eVestment’s hedge fund research, the company’s traditional asset flows report shows the flow of institutional funds across investment strategies, regions, and investor types and is valuable to alternative investment industry participants for insights into investor trends and asset preferences

Highlights from eVestment’s traditional asset flows report for the second quarter:

  • Institutional investor flows were negative for long-only strategies in Q2 2017 with aggregate net redemptions of -$7.9 billion. Total institutional AUM for traditional asset managers reporting to eVestment at the end of the quarter stood at $25.3 trillion.
  • Fixed income strategies led the way for flows, with net institutional allocations of +$45.1 billion for U.S. fixed income and +$21.3 billion for global fixed income in Q2 2017. 
  • Active equity strategies saw another quarter of outflows. Active U.S. equity managers reported net redemptions of -$68.9 billion during the quarter. 
  • Active global all cap and large cap strategies combined for net outflows of -$11.4 billion, while active EAFE all cap and large cap flows stood at -$12.5 billion. 
  • Regionally, Europe and emerging equity markets were among the few bright spots for active equity managers during the quarter.
  • Flows for U.S. equities in Q2 2017 favored value managers for the second consecutive quarter; growth managers were preferred across global, EAFE, ACWI ex-U.S., and emerging markets products.

Atlanta-based eVestment was founded in 2000 by Jim Minnick, Matt Crisp and Heath Wilson. The company boasts one of the largest, most comprehensive global databases of traditional and alternative strategies and provides institutional investment data intelligence and analytic solutions to clients worldwide.

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