The Investment Company Institute released its "Worldwide Regulated Open-End Fund Assets and Flows Second Quarter 2017" Wednesday. The latest data collection on mutual funds in other countries (as well as the U.S.) shows that money fund assets globally rose by $172.2 billion, or 3.3%, in Q2'17, led by a huge jump in Chinese money funds. U.S. money funds fell while Irish MMFs rose. MMF assets worldwide have increased by $333.7 billion, or 6.7%, the past 12 months. China, Ireland and Luxembourg showed the biggest asset increases in Q2'17, while China, Japan, Luxembourg, France and Ireland showed the largest increases over 12 months. The U.S. and Belgium posted the largest declines over the past year. We review the latest `Worldwide MMF totals below.

ICI's release says, "Worldwide regulated open-end fund assets increased 4.7 percent to $44.78 trillion at the end of the second quarter of 2017, excluding funds of funds. Worldwide net cash inflow to all funds was $609 billion in the second quarter, compared with $615 billion of net inflows in the first quarter of 2017."

It explains, "The Investment Company Institute compiles worldwide open-end fund statistics on behalf of the International Investment Funds Association, the organization of national fund associations. The collection for the second quarter of 2017 contains statistics from 47 jurisdictions."

ICI tells us, "The growth rate of total regulated open-end fund assets reported in US dollars was increased by US dollar depreciation over the second quarter of 2017. For example, on a US dollar–denominated basis, fund assets in Europe increased by 7.4 percent in the second quarter, compared with an increase of 0.6 percent on a euro-denominated basis."

It explains, "On a US dollar–denominated basis, equity fund assets increased by 4.5 percent to $19.37 trillion at the end of the second quarter of 2017. Bond fund assets increased by 4.6 percent to $9.78 trillion in the second quarter. Balanced/mixed fund assets increased by 4.8 percent to $5.93 trillion in the second quarter, while money market fund assets increased by 3.4 percent globally to $5.33 trillion."

ICI writes, "At the end of the second quarter of 2017, 43 percent of worldwide regulated open-end fund assets were held in equity funds. The asset share of bond funds was 22 percent and the asset share of balanced/mixed funds was 13 percent. Money market fund assets represented 12 percent of the worldwide total. By region, 51 percent of worldwide assets were in the Americas in the second quarter of 2017, 36 percent were in Europe, and 13 percent were in Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions."

The release adds, "Net sales of regulated open-end funds worldwide were $609 billion in the second quarter of 2017. Flows into equity funds worldwide were $124 billion in the second quarter, after experiencing $173 billion of net inflows in the first quarter of 2017. `Globally, bond funds posted an inflow of $219 billion in the second quarter of 2017, after recording an inflow of $270 billion in the first quarter.... Money market funds worldwide experienced an inflow of $126 billion in the second quarter of 2017 after registering an inflow of $30 billion in the first quarter of 2017."

According to Crane Data's analysis of ICI's "Worldwide" fund data, the U.S. maintained its position as the largest money fund market in Q2'17 with $2.633 trillion, though it dipped below half -- 49.4% -- of all global MMF assets for the first time ever. U.S. MMF assets decreased by $31.0 billion in Q2'17 and decreased by $58.8B in the 12 months through June 30, 2017. China remained in second place among countries overall, as assets jumped in the latest quarter and past year. China saw assets increase $167.6 billion (up 28.6%) in Q2 to $752.9 billion (14.1% of worldwide assets). Over the last 12 months through June 30, 2017, Chinese MMF assets have risen by $121.0 billion, or 19.2%.

Ireland remained third among these country rankings, ending Q2 with $539.1 billion (10.1% of worldwide assets). Dublin-based MMFs were up $23.1B for the quarter, or 4.5%, and up $28.8B, or 5.6%, over the last 12 months. France remained in fourth place with $399.9 billion (7.5% of worldwide assets). Assets here decreased $4.9 billion, or -1.2%, in Q2, and were up $40.0 billion, or 11.1%, over one year. Luxembourg was in fifth place with $370.6B, or 7.0% of the total, up $7.6 billion in Q2 (2.1%) and up $57.6B (18.4%) over 12 months.

Japan remained in sixth place, rising by $4.0 billion to $111.9 billion, after skyrocketing last quarter. (We assume this is a reclassification of some sort.) Korea, now the 7th ranked country, saw MMF assets fall $9.4 billion, or -8.8%, to $97.0 billion (1.8% of total) in Q2 and rise $3.6 billion (3.9%) for the year. Brazil remained in 8th place; assets decreased $5.2 billion, or -6.0%, to $81.5 billion (1.5% of total assets) in Q2. They've increased $10.8 billion (15.2%) over the previous 12 months.

ICI's statistics show Mexico in 9th place with $56.4B, or 1.1% of total, up $4.2B (8.0%) in Q2 and up $995M (1.8%) for the year. India was in 10th place, increasing $5.0 billion, or 10.3%, to $53.4 billion (1.0% of total assets) in Q2 and increasing $17.3 billion (47.7%) over the previous 12 months. (Note also that ICI's data no longer includes money fund figures for Australia, but they would rank as the sixth largest market at $322 billion, their level of two years ago, if they were still included. Australia's MMF assets were shifted into the "Other" category two years ago.)

Taiwan ($27.6B, up $371M and down $2.1B over the quarter and year, respectively), the United Kingdom ($25.3B, up $2.7B and up $18.7B), South Africa ($23.1B, up $757M and up $4.4B), Switzerland ($22.8B, up $4.1B and up $2.6B), and Chile ($21.6B, down $499M and up $5.5B) ranked 11th through 15th, respectively. Sweden, Canada, Norway, Poland and Spain round out the 20 largest countries with money market mutual funds.

Note that Ireland and Luxembourg's totals are primarily "offshore" money funds marketed to global multinationals, while most of the other countries in the survey have primarily domestic money fund offerings. Contact us if you'd like our latest "Largest Money Market Funds Markets Worldwide" spreadsheet, based on ICI's data, or if you'd like to see our MFI International product. (Note: The full, final European Money Fund Symposium conference binder will be sent out to attendees later today; it was great to see you all in Paris!)

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