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One-year since Trump’s win, U.S. funds enjoy strong growth

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7

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Assets managed by U.S.-based funds have grown substantially, led by equity funds, since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential elections a year ago.

Though financial markets have been broadly skeptical about the ability of the Trump presidency to pass significant political reforms since he won the U.S. elections, funds have enjoyed inflows and have seen the value of their holdings rise as global financial markets enjoyed double-digit returns.

As the Trump presidency approached a one-year anniversary on Wednesday, total net assets under management of U.S. mutual funds including exchange-traded funds climbed by a sixth to $21.1-trillion over the one-year period ending Sept. 30, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

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Equity funds were the leaders with assets under management for stock funds seeing the biggest increase over that period with total assets rising by a fifth to $11.4-rillion as of end-September global stock markets hit new peaks.

U.S. stocks hit a record high on Monday with stocks up more than 15 percent year-to-date while an index of high yield U.S. bonds is up by a similar quantum in that period.

While performance has been a key driver as rising markets pushed up valuations, inflows have also been robust, especially to passively managed funds as active managers faced another year of fierce competition from their exchange-traded counterparts.

Of the $691-billion of net inflows that was pumped into U.S. mutual funds over the one-year period ending Sept. 30 2017, about $685-billion have gone into passively managed funds.

Of that amount, nearly $500-billion have gone into passively managed equity funds, while actively-managed equity funds saw $235-billion of outflows during that period.

In the fixed-income space, inflow trends were a bit more evenly matched with actively managed funds seeing $145-billion of net inflows compared with $191-billion of inflows into bond exchange-traded funds in that period.

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