Inflows to equity funds drifted lower in July as investors grew more concerned about global growth and the high value of stock markets around the world. Net inflows to equity funds fell to £1.12bn, around half the average monthly inflow over the last six months (£2.05bn). However, most the impact was felt by index funds, with strong inflows into active funds, primarily on account of continued demand for ESG equity funds which were major winners amongst investors.
Key highlights from this month's FFI:
- ESG inflows rose to £995m in July, reaching its second best performance on record
- Equity fund inflows fell in July as investors grew more concerned over global growth
- Index funds suffered most, but active funds saw strong inflows thanks to ESG
- ESG equity funds accounted for 90% of July equity fund inflows – and most of this capital was actively managed
- ESG equity fund flows are concentrated in global equities, but their dominance is fading as other categories, especially specialist sector funds, garner investor attention
- Elsewhere, property funds saw outflows moderate following Freedom Day and fixed income funds saw inflows rise on global growth worries