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Active equity funds suffer worst ever outflows in Q3, beaten hands down by index funds, and investors continue flight to safety

Fund Flow Index - October 2019

Active equity funds notched up a record fourth consecutive quarter of outflows in Q3, putting them comfortably on track for their worst year ever for 2019. An unprecedented £3.5bn flooded out of active equity funds between July and September alone, more than in the previous three quarters combined.

Here are some of the key highlights from this month's FFI:

  • Active equity funds see record fourth consecutive quarter of outflows

  • Q3 outflows were the biggest ever

  • Active UK equity funds were the hardest hit but global funds bucked the trend

  • By contrast, equity index funds saw inflows in Q3, and record inflows over the last 12 months

  • Collectively, however, equity funds (active plus passive) shed capital at a record speed in Q3

  • The flight to safety was apparent across all asset classes in Q3 – fixed income and money market funds benefitted, but property, absolute return, and commodity funds lost out

  • September saw the flight to safety continue, but at a slower pace than earlier in Q3