Q1 2018 Traditional Asset Flows Report

Institutional Investors Pause on Allocations to Managers in Q1 2018

After four straight quarters of positive allocations to institutional asset managers in 2017, institutional investors pulled back slightly in Q1 2018. Institutional AUM was down -$2.8 billion among asset managers reporting to eVestment the quarter according to the just-released Q1 2018 eVestment Traditional Asset Flows Report.

Highlights from this report include:

  • U.S.-domiciled investors were net allocators to U.S. and global fixed income universes during Q1 2018, +$18.8 billion for U.S. and +$5.7 billion for global strategies.
  • U.K. investors were net redeemers of assets across most major universes. Among the exceptions were global, emerging markets and European fixed income strategies with net inflows of +$5.8 billion, +$1.3 billion and +$0.2 billion, respectively.
  • Europe ex-U.K. domiciled investors were substantial redeemers of assets from Europe (-$9.8 billion), global (-$2.6 billion, and U.S. fixed income (-$10.9 billion) strategies in Q1 2018. The one exception was emerging markets fixed income where continental European investors allocated +$11.3 billion during the quarter.

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