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Tech stocks, emerging market debt see inflows on "stagflation" bets

Tech stocks, emerging market debt see inflows on "stagflation" bets

FILE PHOTO: A man points a computer screen showing stock information in this illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

LONDON : Investors rushed to scoop up emerging market debt and technology shares in the week to Wednesday, BofA Securities said in a weekly note, with the U.S. investment bank's own private clients boosting their equity allocations to a record high.

Equity funds pulled in US$12.7 billion while bond fundsattracted US$12.6 billion, BofA found, citing EPFR data. Cash was also surprisingly in demand with inflows at a five-week high at US$15.2 billion.

Real estate investment trusts, seen as providing high but sustainable returns, benefited from an overall macroeconomic picture marked by slowing growth and rising inflation, enjoying their biggest inflow in 2-1/2 years at US$1.8 billion.

And even though private clients boosted their equity allocations to a record high of 65.3per cent at the expense of bonds and cash, their asset allocation has tilted towards bank loans, inflation protected securities and utility shares.

Financial stocks were hit by a US$2 billion outflow, and clients pulled US$200 million out of gold.

"The macro backdrop is higher inflation, hawkish central banks, weaker growth which means stagflation," analysts led by Michael Hartnett at the bank said in a note.

BofA said the flood of cheap central bank money sloshing in financial markets is set to slow. It expects bond purchases by global central banks to fall to US$0.3 trillion in 2022, a fraction of US$2.3 trillion in 2021.

(Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; Editing by Peter Graff)

Source: Reuters

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