IA funds shrug off Covid-19 sell-off as retail assets return to 2019 peak

Net sales of approximately £12.2bn in Q2

Mike Sheen
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UK retail funds in the Investment Association universe saw net sales of approximately £12.2bn between April and June, recovering funds under management (FUM) to its 2019 peak of £1.3trn, following a 14% dip in the March sell-off.

Investors pulled a record £9.7bn from IA funds in March amid the peak of the coronavirus-driven sell-off, which was roughly equivalent to total net inflows in the previous year, but returned to net inflows in each of the three months that followed, IA data shows. The trade body's annual Investment Management Survey (IMS), published today (24 September) shows that the strong rebound in sales took total net retail inflows for the first half of 2020 to £8.6bn, compared to £3.5bn at the same time last year. Fixed income funds were hardest hit by March outflows, accounting for 76% of total...

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