Active funds ride the post-vaccine wave while appetite for index funds slows ______

07 Sep 2021

August was a strong month for equity funds, with inflows rising to £1.3bn. Since the sea change in sentiment towards equity funds that accompanied the announcement of successful clinical trials of Pfizer’s, Moderna’s and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines in November 2020, investors have added £17.2bn to their equity holdings. This means more than a third of the net inflows to equity funds (35%) since 2015 has taken place in the last ten months alone.

Key highlights from this month’s FFI:

  • Since vaccine approvals in Nov 20, equity funds have seen £17bn of inflows
  • This is one third of all new capital to equity funds since 2015
  • Passive fund flows have lagged behind active funds in nine of the last ten months – they saw inflows of just £4m in August, compared to £1.3bn for active funds
  • Vaccine approvals also proved a key turning point for active funds
  • Even after stripping out ESG funds, big drivers of active strategies, traditional active funds have seen more new capital than index trackers since November 2020

View this edition of the FFI in full

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