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UK-focused funds hit with record outflows in January as buyers go on strike

Fund Flow Index - February 2022

Record outflows hit UK-focused equity funds in January, according to our latest Fund Flow Index. Investors sold down a net £795m of their UK-focused equity fund holdings, comfortably beating the previous record set in June 2020.

Key highlights from this month's FFI:

  • Record £795m net outflow (value of sells minus value of buys) from UK-focused equity funds in January
  • Cumulative outflows over eight consecutive months of outflow reached a record £2.9bn
  • Outflow driven by a buyers’ strike, not an increase in selling activity – selling has held steady, but buying activity has melted away
  • Appetite for other categories of equity funds overall was steadier than UK ones, though inflows fell month-on-month
  • Fixed income and mixed asset funds also saw inflows fall significantly