- Revised estimate for 9 Dec 2011 saw minor improvements while overall fund flows attribution remains largely unchanged
- Preliminary estimate for 16 Dec 2011 saw a reversal, following 3 weeks of bullish inflows
- Asian investors probably took profit and withdrew from equity funds, choosing to favor short duration and money market funds instead
- Weekly fund flows is very volatile but fund flow momentum (a smoothed fund flow indicator) continue to suggest positive momentum for equity funds
- Asia equity, while lower than 2010’s level, continues to see fastest pace of improvement
- With slightly more than 1 week till the New Year, the year-end rally is less likely to materialise
- However, we remain optimistic that the rally all investors are keenly awaiting is more likely late rather than absent
Revised fund flows data for the week ended 9 December 2011 saw minor improvements for both Balanced and Alternative Investments, as outflows were lower than initially estimated. However, overall attribution was largely unchanged with overall net inflow supported by strong demand for both fixed income and equity funds.
While we have highlighted continued outflow from short duration and money market funds last week, fund flows data for the week ended 16 December 2011 saw outflow halting (see chart 1). Unlike the bullish sentiments we have been observing over the past few weeks, last week’s fund flow saw a reversal as investors probably took profits as they withdrew from equity funds and favored short duration and money market funds instead.
At this point in time, it is still rather hard to determine if sentiments are once again heading for a downturn. As fund flows are very volatile on a weekly basis, looking at weekly flows may provide a myopic view. Looking at the equity fund flow momentum indicator (a smoothed measurement of investors behavior by taking a moving 12-weeks moving average of flows), investor behavior over the recent months still suggests upward momentum with no signs of peaking as of week ended 16 December 2011. Asia equity fund flows continue to see the fastest pace of improvement, though current levels are lower than that observed at the start of 2010 when the indicator was first compiled.
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