Investment fund assets worldwide decreased 10 percent to €13.63 trillion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2008. Net cash flow to all funds was €82 billion in the fourth quarter, reversing some of the €149 billion in outflows experienced in the third quarter. Net outflows from long-term funds accelerated to €255 billion in the fourth quarter, from €167 billion in outflows in the third quarter. Net outflows from bond funds were €119 billion in the fourth quarter compared to net outflows of €44 billion in the third quarter. Net outflows from equity funds slowed slightly, with €92 billion in outflows in the fourth quarter after registering €100 billion in outflows in the third quarter. Net flows into money market funds jumped to €337 billion in the fourth quarter from €19 billion in the third quarter of 2008. For the year as a whole, money market funds had net inflows of €637 billion and long-term funds had net outflows of €401 billion in 2008.
The information presented in this report was compiled by EFAMA and the Investment Company Institute on behalf of the International Investment Funds Association, an organization of national investment fund associations. The collection for the fourth quarter of 2008 includes statistics from 43 countries.
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