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Global equity funds see first weekly inflows in seven weeks
May 27 (Reuters) - Global equity funds saw money inflows in the week to May 25 as some investors took heart from a rebound in markets this week, after sharp declines in stock markets in the previous seven weeks.
According to Refinitiv Lipper, investors bought a net $6.16 billion worth of global equity funds, marking their first weekly net buying since April 6.
The MSCI all country world index (.MIWD00000PUS) has gained over 3% this week, after slumping about 12.7% in the last seven weeks on worries that aggressive rate increases to tame inflation could send the global economy into a tailspin.
The big inflows into global equity funds were also due to the creation of new shares in the equity exchange-traded funds (ETF), Jefferies said in a note.
The data showed equity ETFs saw inflows worth $15.76 billion in the week, the highest in nine weeks.
U.S. and Asian equity funds had inflows of $4.61 billion and $1.22 billion, respectively, but European funds attracted just $0.13 billion.
Chinese equity funds obtained $0.58 billion, marking their first weekly net buying in seven weeks.
Data for sector funds showed industrials drew inflows of $713 million but financials and tech continued to face outflows, amounting $1.74 billion and $1.44 billion, respectively.
Meanwhile, investors sold a net $9.94 billion of bond funds in the week, their eight consecutive weekly outflow.
Global investors exited short- and medium-term bond funds worth $5.14 billion, while high yield funds witnessed outflows of $2.18 billion.
However, inflation linked funds obtained $0.59 billion and government bond funds gained $3.85 billion, posting inflows for a fifth straight week.
On the other hand, investors purchased $23.13 billion of money market funds after three weeks of net selling in a row.
Data for commodity funds showed gold and precious metal funds received $1.36 billion after four weeks of net selling but energy funds saw outflows of $29 million.
An analysis of 24,276 emerging market funds showed investors sold $1.5 billion of bond funds and $332 million of equity funds, marking the seventh weekly outflow in a row.