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BlackRock report highlights a record month for fixed income ETPs

Friday, 15 June 2012
BlackRock report highlights a record month for fixed income ETPs Economic uncertainty sparks a flight to safety that yielded a record setting month with ETPs attracting $11bn in net flow http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Economic uncertainty sparks a flight to safety that yielded a record setting month with ETPs attracting $11bn in net flow

Government bond ETPs attracted record breaking inflows of $5.6bn driven by flows of $4.4bn into US Treasury bond products. The previous monthly high for government ETPs of $3.6bn was set in June 2010. Broad/aggregate and investment grade corporate bond products attracted $1.6bn and $1.7bn respectively. Meanwhile, high yield bond ETPs saw monthly outflows of $1.3bn, the first month of redemptions since November 2011.

Emerging markets equity ETPs drew $3.3bn, with flows of $8.3bn into two new Chinese equity funds outweighing outflows of $5bn from a broad range of other emerging markets products. The two new Chinese equity funds seek to replicate the performance of the China Securities Index 300 which tracks 300 stocks traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges. These are the first cross-market ETFs to be listed in China.



In developed markets equities, DAX German equity funds swung back with strong flows of $4.3bn in May on the heels of ($5.1bn) outflows last month.  Japanese equity ETPs also had a strong showing in May, garnering $3.6bn.

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