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S&L investors bearish in equities in February
14 March 2014
Developed market bonds gained appeal, according to investment flows across short and leveraged ETPs
Short and leveraged (S&L) exchange traded products
(ETPs) reached a record $61bn at the end of February, according
to a new report by Boost ETP.
Investors dropped equities and bought into bonds as AuM of
S&L ETPs rose 3.7% from January.
Long US debt ETPs had record inflows of $2.9bn while $3.8bn
flowed out of long equity ETPs.
Investors were still bullish on Japanese equities. Long
Japanese equity ETPs had inflows of $451m while Japanese
S&L ETPs are at a record $3.7bn of which 90% is in long
Boost ETP said that Japan stood out as the only geography where
S&L investors significantly bullish positions in equities.
US equities attracted the highest bearish sentiment with $3.8bn
of outflows from leveraged long ETPs.
Bullish positions were also cut across equity ETPs tracking
European countries. S&L ETPs tracking France, Italy and
Sweden saw flows out of long ETPs and into short
"Bonds in developed markets have regained appeal, helped not
least by the turmoil in emerging markets that is driving the
repatriation of foreign capital back into US Treasuries. This
in turn is reviving bullish leveraged positioning in government
debt," said Viktor Nossek, head of research at Boost ETP.
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