In January 2016, long-term funds in Asia (excluding existing funds in China, which report data on a quarterly basis) saw net inflows of US$26 billion, of which US$12 billion came from Japan. Equity funds led with US$15 billion mainly from Japan, followed by ‘other’ funds, which include alternatives and guaranteed products, raised close to US$5 billion this month. Bond, mixed and real estate products each added net flows of US$2 billion for the month.
Equity Asia Pacific topped the best-selling categories raising US$13 billion, while Bond High Yield vehicles experienced redemptions of close to US$0.7 billion.
Two ETF funds, Nomura NF Nikkei 225 Leveraged Index ETF in Japan and Korea’s Samsung KODEX Leverage Derivatives ETF, came back to the top of rank again in January, collecting US$2.5 billion and US$1.2 billion respectively. Both funds were the top selling products in August of last year.