Colombian AFPs favor North America, emerging markets amid trade tensions

Total allocations to offshore funds and ETFs rose USD 109 million to end the month with USD 20 billion under management.

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Trade rhetoric inspired Colombian AFPs to keep assets closer to home in April

Colombian AFPs showed a preference for North American and Latin American equity in April, while scaling back their positions in emerging-market equities, as escalating US trade rhetoric encouraged the AFPs to invest domestically.

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Poor showing in May puts small dent in Brazilian fund industry’s YTD growth for 2018

Despite negative flows of BRL 4 billion in May, there was positive flows for riskier asset classes, including equities, hybrid funds and riskier classes of fixed-income funds.

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Developed-market equities lose luster for Chilean AFPs in May

Chilean AFPs pulled USD 125 million of assets from offshore funds and ETFs in May, cooling on European, Japanese and North American equities as trade concerns plagued markets. Asian and Latin American equities continued to attract flows, however.

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Colombian AFPs turned to North American and Japanese equity in March

iShares Core S&P 500 and the iShares MSCI Japan added a combined USD 510 million for the month, as overall system AUM in cross-border funds and ETFs neared USD 20 billion.

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Brazilian pensions up their risk profile, turn to equity and hybrid funds

In the 12 months ending in March 2018, flows to equity/balanced mutual funds from Brazilian pension managers amounted to BRL 6.1 billion (USD 1.7 billion) compared with only BRL 570 million in fixed income.

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Asian, Latin American equity attract Chilean AFP assets amid signs of slower global growth

Chilean AFPs increased their exposure once again to Asian equity, investing USD 716 million in April for USD 23.4 billion in total allocations to the asset class and a 28% market share. Investec cleaned up in this category as well as in Latin America.

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Chilean AFPs retreat from US and Japan, while pumping assets into Latam and Asia

Chilean AFPs poured USD 1 billion into Asian and Latin American equity in March, as fears of a global trade war rocked markets. T. Rowe Price's Anh Lu is optimistic that 2018 will be a good year for Asia equity, buoyed by market reforms in China,

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Brazilian investors’ focus on riskier fund classes intensified in first quarter of 2018

Since last October, balanced funds and equity funds have raised BRL 88 billion, compared to BRL 25 billion in outflows for fixed-income funds.

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Rate cuts in Brazil led to additional inflows to riskier asset classes in February

Retail investors are flocking to balanced and mixed funds, as well as equities, as inflation slows and interest rates come down.

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