Investors Dismiss Omicron Risk in December, Pushing Full-Year Equity Inflows to Record Levels for 2021

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Hopes that Omicron’s impact will be less severe than past waves swept a flurry of optimism through UK investors in December.

Savers added £1.0bn in new cash to their equity holdings during the month, taking the 2021 net inflow to a record £14.2bn, according to the latest Fund Flow Index from Calastone. In 2015, the last high point, inflows reach £11.6bn.

Key highlights from this month’s FFI:

  • December equity fund inflows doubled month-on-month to £1.0bn
  • Record £14.2bn inflow to equity funds in 2021
  • Global funds and emerging markets were the big winners in 2021
  • UK-focused funds were the least popular category in 2021, suffering £1.1bn outflows
  • Bond funds saw strongest inflows since 2016 – months with negative pandemic news were big drivers of inflows
  • Property suffered third consecutive year of outflows

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