Last updated: 09:42 / Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Thomson Reuters Lipper

The Impact of Britain’s Impending EU Membership Referendum on Fund Flows in the UK

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The Impact of Britain’s Impending EU Membership Referendum on Fund Flows in the UK
  • Mutual funds showed an overall drop of 18% in total assets of the funds in all U.K.’s Investment Association classifications
  • January 2016 proved the worst month overall, with nearly GBP 16 billion of net outflows that month alone
  • The IA Sterling Strategic Bond sector has been worst hit as a proportion of its overall size in the U.K. market
  • Of the diversified categories the conservative IA Mixed-Asset 0%-35% has proven most resilient, with GBP 410 million of net outflows for the year to the end of May 2016

With the uncertainty generated around the outcome of Britain’s impending EU membership referendum, Thomson Reuters Lipper investigates if recent UK fund flows can reveal any insights into investor sentiment. Insights from Thomson Reuters Lipper follow below, with supporting data attached.

On mutual funds, examination of data on the U.K.’s Investment Association (IA) classifications (sourced via Thomson Reuters Lipper) shows an overall drop of 18% in total assets of the funds in all IA classifications and estimated net outflows of GBP 38 billion for the 12 months to May 31, 2016. January 2016 proved the worst month overall, with nearly GBP 16 billion of net outflows that month alone.

The largest IA sector (UK All Companies), with some 12% of all IA assets, has suffered a yearly net outflow of GBP 9.2 billion. In the last 12 months it has experienced only a single positive month of flows (July 2015).

The IA Sterling Strategic Bond sector has been worst hit as a proportion of its overall size in the U.K. market. With 4% of total assets overall, it has suffered nearly GBP 12 billion of net outflows to the end of May 2016, without a single monthly net inflow for the year.

Of the diversified categories the conservative IA Mixed-Asset 0%-35% has proven most resilient, with GBP 410 million of net outflows for the year to the end of May 2016. By contrast, the IA Mixed-Asset 20%-60% sector has suffered nearly GBP 5 billion of net outflows for the last 12 months.

Only four of the IA sectors have experienced more than GBP 1 billion of net inflows in the 12 months to the end of May: Property, Global Equity Income, Global Bonds, and Targeted Absolute Return. The latter sector has been the standout success story for the U.K. market for the last 12 months. It has collected nearly GBP 10 billion of net inflows. This is despite the corresponding average fund return of the sector being a negative 0.6% over the same period.

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