Euro Area Investment Fund Statistics - April 2013

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In April 2013, the amount outstanding of shares/units issued by euro area investment funds other than money market funds was €104 billion higher than in March 2013. This increase was due almost equally to increases in share/unit prices and to net issues of shares/units.

The amount outstanding of shares/units issued by euro area investment funds other than money market funds increased to €6,991 billion in April 2013, from €6,888 billion in March 2013. Over the same period, the amount outstanding of shares/units issued by euro area money market funds decreased to €898 billion, from €908 billion.

Transactions[1] in shares/units issued by euro area investment funds other than money market funds amounted to €58 billion in April 2013, while transactions in shares/units issued by money market funds amounted to €0 billion.

The annual growth rate of shares/units issued by euro area investment funds other than money market funds, calculated on the basis of transactions, was 7.2% in April 2013, while the annual growth rate of shares/units issued by euro area money market funds was -6.3%.

In terms of the breakdown by investment policy, the annual growth rate of shares/units issued by bond funds was 12.2% in April 2013. Transactions in shares/units issued by bond funds amounted to €35 billion in April 2013. The annual growth rate and transactions of equity funds were 3.2% and €3 billion respectively. For mixed funds, the corresponding figures were 6.9% and €16 billion.

Notes
- Money market funds are presented separately in this press release since they are classified in the monetary financial institutions sector within the European statistical framework, while other types of investment fund are classified in the other financial intermediaries sector.
- Further predefined tables, statistical data and methodological notes, as well as the advance release calendar, are available in the "Statistics" section of the ECB's website under "Euro area investment fund statistics" (http://www.ecb.europa.eu/stats/money/funds/html/index.en.html) and "The balance sheets of monetary financial institutions" (http://www.ecb.europa.eu/stats/money/aggregates/bsheets/html/index.en.html).

[1] Transactions in shares/units issued mainly reflect the difference between shares/units issued and those redeemed, but may also include other transactions, such as those resulting from dividend payments received or distributed by the fund.
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