Colombian AFPs turn away from USA and Europe, and toward emerging markets

Eemerging-markets-equity funds and ETFs continued to attract assets. Category favorite iShares MSCI Emerging Markets led inflows with USD 178 million coming into the fund.

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Colombian AFPs plowed USD 420 million into cross-border funds in August

Europe, emerging markets and North America attracted the most Colombian AFP allocations in August, with USD 420 million flowing to the three regions for the month.

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Colombian AFPs hot on emerging markets and Europe as global allocations swell

Parvest Equity Europe Small Cap-I, a BNP Paribas fund, saw a USD 136 million May allocation that was the largest for an active fund within the Europe equity category. AFP allocations abroad in May totaled USD 17.1 billion, the highest level in over two years.

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Colombian AFPs boosted exposure to emerging markets in April

Total Colombian AFP assets abroad stood at nearly USD 17 billion in April, compared with USD 16.4 billion in March, and were at their highest level in at least two years. Emerging-market exposure clicked up two points to land at over 26%.

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Colombian AFPs now allocate more to emerging markets than US equities

Two emerging-market ETFs - one from iShares and the other from Vanguard - gathered close to USD 600 million in March from Colombian pension managers. A single AFP was responsible for two-thirds of the net investment.

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Colombian AFPs allocations abroad at three-month high as US focus dominates

Colombian pension-manager investments abroad reached a three-month high in January, as allocations to North America outpaced heavy redemptions from emerging markets. Japan also had a net positive month.

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Colombian AFPs ended 2016 with rush into US equities and exit from Europe

Colombian pension-manager allocations to North American equity as of December reached USD 3.2 billion in December, or 22% of the USD 14.5 billion cross-border portfolio, vs. just 14% in July.

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Colombian AFPs boosted their exposure to emerging markets in August

Colombian AFPs in August increased their exposure to emerging-markets equity by US 477 million, lifting their stake in the region to 24% just behind that of Europe. iShares reached USD 6.4 billion in AUMs, leading the field.

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iShares big beneficiary of Colombian AFP focus on emerging markets

The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF was by far the biggest gainer for the month, with allocations coming from AFP Proteccion, with a USD 218 million deposit, and smaller amounts coming from Colfondos, Porvenir and Old Mutual.

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Allocation from Colfondos bolsters Pictet European fund

The USD 150 million allocation juiced the AUMs of the Pictet Europe Index-I EUR product in June. Meanwhile, AFP Protección made some significant changes to its portfolio that impacted Morgan Stanley, iShares and Vanguard.

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