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 shun US, see better opportunities in Europe and Asia

AFP exposure to Europe, Asia and even emerging markets were at year-to-date highs, as the rise of the US stock market failed to excite Colombian portfolio managers.

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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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Chilean AFPs redeem heavily from North America in March; add to Europe and Japan

Chilean AFPs redeemed heavily from North America in March 2017, pulling the most AUMs since August, while boosting their allocations to Japan and Europe, benefiting Eastspring Japan Dynamic-B and iShares MSCI Eurozone.

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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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Chilean AFPs cut Europe, Asia exposure in January while hiking North America

Schroders, Pimco, AXA and Fidelity benefited from AFP allocations to specialty fixed-income products. The first month of 2017 was positive for cross-border managers thanks in part to strong market returns.

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Pre-Trump, Colombian AFPs embraced emerging markets and North America while turning away from Europe

At the close of October, Colombian AFPs had boosted their exposure to emerging markets to nearly USD 4 billion, an 18-month high. Overall allocations abroad reached USD 14.9 billion, an 11-month high.

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Emerging-markets products sit atop Colombian AFPs’ cross-border shopping list

AFP exposure to emerging markets rose in September to nearly 25%, compared with only 10% in December 2015. The largest allocation for the month was for USD 136 million into Vontobel Emerging Markets Equity–I, made by a single AFP.

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Chilean AFPs boost exposure to Latin America and Japan in September

AFPs continued to withdraw from US equities, while plowing money into Latin America and Japan. High-yield bonds and emerging markets funds ended up on the losing end as well.

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