Fund flows and
asset allocations data

Unparalleled understanding of how money is moving and why

EPFR’s Fund Flows and Allocations data combines best-in-class granularity with a comprehensive coverage of over 150,000 share classes, comprising $50 trillion in assets tracked (AUM). Every day, we support buy-side and sell-side teams with the intelligence they need to better assess:

  • Their overall performance against any benchmarks they may be utilizing
  • Investor sentiment, active weighting and behavioral patterns
  • Which levers to pull in order to improve top-line and bottom-line performance
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Core and hybrid datasets

EPFR captures data from thousands of sources worldwide and is released following a 24-hour production cycle.

To ensure clients really get the investible truth, EPFR data is available in a variety of core and hybrid datasets:

  • Core datasets are based on data directly sourced from Fund Managers and Administrators
  • Hybrid datasets combine EPFR’s Fund Flows and Allocations data to give you a deeper understanding of how money is moving across geographies, sectors, industries, and stocks.
This image, in dark blue background, shows EPFR's Fund Flows and Fund Allocations core datasets, and how they combine to create our hybrid datasets.

Asset classes covered by EPFR

Cumulative weekly flows to all Emerging Markets Equity and Bond Funds

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Equity Fund Flows

Get access to over 22,000 share classes, with over $28 trillion in AUM and history stretching back to 1996. It captures all Developed and Emerging Markets Equity Funds and ETFs, and is organized by geographic mandate, offering clients multiple filtering options, including:

  • Capitalization
  • Sector
  • Style
  • Fund domicile
  • Applicable themes (SRI/ESG, leveraged, dividend, etc.)

 

Example of a chart using EPFR's Bond Fund Flows data

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Bond Fund Flows

With history dating back to 2002, our Bond Funds dataset encompasses over 10,500 funds managing combined total assets of nearly $10 trillion, allowing you to further filter by:

  • Corporate vs Sovereign
  • Currency
  • Duration
  • State
  • Quality
  • Style
  • Relevant themes (domicile, currency of flows, SRI/ESG, etc.)

 

Example of a chart using EPFR's Money Market Flows data

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Money Market Flows

EPFR offers two windows into Money Market Fund flows and allocations:

  • Flow data from 2007 onwards for a broad universe of funds domiciled globally; this data can be run through a number of EPFR’s standard filters.
  • Our specialist iMoneyNet solution offers a more granular look at a smaller universe that mainly covers the US and Europe, also covering separate ultra-short-term Bond Funds on a separate dataset. Some of iMoneyNet’s data has history dating back to the 1970s.
Example of a chart showing EPFR's Alternative Fund Flows - Flows into BitCoin funds from 2013 to 2021.

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Alternative Fund Flows

Tracking over 2,500 funds that collectively manage nearly $600 billion in assets, our Alternative Funds data allows you to filter by:

  • Commodities/Materials
  • Currency Funds
  • Convertible Bond Funds
  • Long/Short Funds
  • Long Physical Commodities
  • Short Physical Commodities
  • Key filters include gold and other precious metals, cryptocurrency and bear funds.

 

Example of a chart using EPFR's Multi-Asset Flows (or balanced) data

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Multi-Asset (Balanced) Fund Flows

Track the flows into and out of a universe of funds that invest in both equity and bonds.

The total net assets for EPFR-tracked Multi-Asset Funds stand at $3 trillion, with historical data going back to 1998.

Discover how to view Multi-Asset Funds by low, mid and high risk in this Quants Corner by EPFR’s CIO, Sayad Baronyan:

 

EPFR subset datasets

Example of a chart using EPFR's Country Flows and Allocations dataset

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Country Flows and Allocations

EPFR’s country-level solutions include Country Allocations and its proprietary dataset for Country Flows.

  • Country Allocations shows the average fund exposure by country
  • Country Flows combines Fund Flows and Country Allocations to show total flows into a specific country

 

Example of a chart using EPFR's Sector Flows and Allocations dataset

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Sector Flows and Allocations

EPFR’s sector-level solutions include Sector Allocations and its proprietary dataset for Sector Flows.

  • Sector Allocations shows the average fund exposure by country
  • Sector Flows combines Fund Flows and Sector Allocations to show total flows into a specific country

 

Example of a chart using EPFR's Industry Flows and Allocations dataset

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Industry Flows and Allocations

EPFR’s industry-level solutions include Industry Allocations and its proprietary dataset for Industry Flows.

  • Industry Allocations shows average fund exposure by country
  • Industry Flows combines Fund Flows and Industry Allocations to show total flows into a specific country

 

“If you are a macro-strategy team, EPFR is a must.
I don’t think there is a better flow and allocation data provider in the market.”

Financial Services Provider – EPFR client since 2015

Fund Flows and Asset Allocations – FAQs

What do you mean by ‘fund flow’? 

Fund flows, or ‘asset flows’, monitor how money is moving over a set period of time, reflecting the net flows of money once the outflows and inflows have been accounted for, independent of asset value, fees and foreign exchange rate fluctuations. 

EPFR’s Fund Flows and Allocations data provides clients with over 25 years of history for some datasets, allowing them to get spot key investor sentiment trends and interpret market shifts in an accurate historical content.

How can I use EPFR’s fund flow data for my country selection?

Our market-leading data provides empirical evidence around which countries are seeing investments or redemptions. 

Can EPFR data help me assess whether my decisions are contrarian or consensus with the market? 

Yes. EPFR data gives our clients macro or granular data around their active positioning versus the market or their peer group. 

Where does EPFR get its fund flows and asset allocations data from? 

EPFR collects data from several thousand open-end sources around the globe (including Mutual Funds, UCITS, SICAVs, Variable Annuity Funds, Insurance-linked Funds, and -more recently- Collective Investment Trusts), as well as closed-end, interval, and exchange-traded products with a 24-hour production cycle, using a proprietary collection and thorough quality control processes.

How can EPFR’s filtering options help me with my job?

The multiple filtering options offered by EPFR allow our clients to better assess medium and long-term market trends.

You can slice and dice the data to pick out relevant filters, such as flows into investment grade versus high yield bond funds, and active versus passive flows.

Would you like to see our filtering options in action? Request a demo with one of our specialists today!

 

Can EPFR help me assess the daily general market direction?

Yes. EPFR’s Premium Daily Report provides the most-timely aggregate fund flow report available, showing at or pre-market flows on a T+1 basis.

You might also find useful a recent EPFR insight written by our Quants team: ‘Early-release flow data: jumping on a bandwagon?’

 

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