Q4 2016 Traditional Asset Flows Report

$468.8 Billion Pulled from Asset Management Equity Strategies in 2016

The institutional asset management industry saw net outflows of $167.1 billion in Q4, following flat net flows in 3Q, according to the just released eVestment 4Q 2016 Traditional Asset Flows Report. Globally, equity strategies reported net outflows of $147.9 billion, bringing total 2016 equity strategy outflows to $468.8 billion.

The report looks at asset management industry flow trends across a wide variety of strategies, geographies and account types, giving a look at institutional investor preferences for how and where their assets are managed around the world.

A few interesting points from the report include:

  • Investors pulled assets from managers from most major markets around the globe, with accounts domiciled in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, Africa/Middle East and Australia all seeing outflows. The largest was the United States, outflows totaled $160.1 billion in 4Q 2016, bringing total net outflows for United States domiciled accounts to $533.3 billion.
  • Accounts domiciled in Asia ex-Japan and Hong Kong saw small inflows in Q4 2016 – $5.4 billion and $1.7 billion respectively – but overall saw outflows for the entire year.
  • ESG-focused strategies continue to attract a lot of search activity in the eVestment database, and that search activity is being rewarded with asset flows: The eVestment All ESG-Focused universe reported net inflows of $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter. Institutional investors in the US have been responsible for net inflows of $4.7 billion into ESG-focused strategies over the last four quarters.
  • Among account types, defined contribution pension plans saw strong inflows of $4.9 billion in 4Q 2016.

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