Global Insights

Ongoing research commentary on the European, Cross-border, Asian, Latin American, and Australian fund industry, providing in-depth analysis of product Innovation, trends, distribution themes, and success stories.

  • Apr 12, 2017 Year in Review & 2017 Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities for Actively Managed Mutual Funds

    Amid stock market volatility during the early part of 2016, as well as political uncertainty over the second half of last year, investors globally stayed cautious throughout most of the past year. Fund buyers around the globe contributed $615 billion of net flows to long-term mutual funds and ETFs d...

  • Feb 10, 2017 4Q 2016 - Asia, Local Europe, and Cross-Border

    During 4Q’16, over 1,400 long-term funds were launched across Asia, Europe and Cross-Border markets, gathering $85.7 billion in net flows, 15% higher than that of previous quarter. This increase was mainly driven by product development in Asia, where more than $60 billion were deposited into 874 new...

  • Dec 05, 2016 Bond Funds Dominated 3Q’16 Net Flows, but This Could Change after U.S. Election; Record High ETF Assets, and Robo-Advisors

    The third quarter of 2016 was generally positive for the global mutual fund industry. Equity, bond, mixed and other long-term mutual funds attracted $311 billion in net flows during 3Q’16, the largest amount since 2Q’15. The year-to-date through September net flow contributions reached $513 billion ...

  • Nov 18, 2016 New Funds in Global Markets: Q3 2016

    Nearly $74 billion was deposited into 1,377 newly launched funds across Asia, Europe, and Cross-Border markets during Q3’16. Product development was overwhelmingly concentrated in Asia where 890 new funds attracted $53 billion in net new cash. Newly launched funds in local Europe attracted $11.1 bil...

  • Aug 31, 2016 Multi-Asset Begin to Shift to Absolute Return, Increasing Demand on ESG

    After a volatile first quarter of 2016, many investors were caught by surprise in 2Q as U.K. voters decided in June to leave the European Union in a referendum dubbed “Brexit”. Amid the various economic and political uncertainties in 2016 and beyond, long-term mutual fund flows globally slowed down ...

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