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Economist Insights: EPFR data tells us likelihood of volatility

Economist Insights: EPFR data tells us likelihood of volatility

Funds offering exposure to the most widely followed measure of US equity market volatility, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), are seeing a surge in flows as investors pencil in a much bumpier ride in 2021 than they’ve experienced since the 2008-12 post-financial crisis period.

Economist Insights: Redemptions from China equity funds

Economist Insights: Redemptions from China equity funds

The prospect of a second major spike in Sino-US trade tensions cast a shadow over markets and some fund groups in mid-May. EPFR-tracked China Equity Funds posted their biggest weekly outflow since early 3Q15 as US President Donald Trump threatened China with new trade sanctions if it does not boost its imports from the US and allow independent investigation of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economist Insights: Equity fund flows down

Economist Insights: Equity fund flows down

A coronavirus epidemic centered in China put global equity markets on the defensive in late January and prompted Chinese officials to suspend trading on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges. But the impact on flows to EPFR-tracked Equity Funds was mixed.

Economist Insights: Trade issues, earnings and political risk reclaim

Economist Insights: Trade issues, earnings and political risk reclaim

After a quarter when both the US Federal Reserve and European Central Bank reversed course on the normalization of their monetary policies, the focus during the first week of October shifted from central bankers to the Sino-Chinese trade war, the latest corporate earnings season, and impending elections in Spain, Canada, and Argentina.