High Yield and Floating Rate Funds Redemptions Hit Record Levels in Early August

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The specter of higher rates putting pressure on corporate earnings spurred investors to redeem a record setting $11.38 billion from High Yield Bond Funds and pull over $19 billion - a 26-week high - from U.S. Equity Funds, according to the latest data from EPFR.

In a report, EPFR said the figures were good news as they showed that the biggest impact on flows for EPFR Global-tracked funds during the week ending Aug 6 as the addition of another 200,000 plus jobs in July reinforced perceptions that America's economic recovery may prompt the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than previously anticipated.

The first week of August saw investor sentiment put to the test as Russian troops massed on the eastern border of the Ukraine, Italy slipped into recession for the third time since the current financial crisis began, Portugal bailed out one of its banks and tough talk about corporate taxation on both sides of the Atlantic unsettled the financial and healthcare sectors.

Also caught up in the uncertainty about the trajectory of U.S. interest rates were Emerging Markets and Floating Rate Bond Funds, while geopolitical risks stemmed from conflicts in the Middle East and the Ukraine saw equity investors rotate from west to east. Asia ex-Japan Equity Funds posted record inflows and Australia Equity Funds enjoyed their second best week year-to-date during a week when combined redemptions from Europe and EMEA Equity Funds exceeded $2 billion.

Dr. Joseph Louro, chief executive officer of Red Bank, New Jersey-based investment education company InvestView (OTCQB: INVU) commented that the geopolitical events in Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East and Africa would have a profound impact in the markets.

He said investors must carefully thread and understanding these events in order for them to make better business judgment.

Overall, EPFR Global-tracked Bond Funds recorded net outflows of $2.16 billion while Equity Funds surrendered $16.27 billion, a 22 week high. At least some of that money found its way to Money Market Funds which took in over $22 billion.

With the specter of higher U.S. interest rates prompting investors to reassess how much they are willing to pay for additional yield, funds dedicated to junk bonds suffered their biggest outflows on record in early August. U.S. High Yield Bond Funds bore the brunt of the outflows, with investors pulling out over $8 billion, but redemptions from Global High Yield Bond Funds hit a 13 month high and funds dedicated to European junk bonds, which have been enjoying a banner year, also recorded record outflows.

Although the current correction in High Yield Bond Fund flows has yet to run for as long as the one that started in 2Q13, which spanned the better part of five months, the amounts redeemed by investors in both cases are now roughly equal.

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