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Market volatility sees fund sales fall in August

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Investment fund sales tumbled last month as market turbulence put people off investing in the stock market.

Fund sales dropped in August to £690m, the lowest level since January 2015, and down from £714m in August 2014, according to data from the Investment Association.

This shift followed an exceptionally strong July, which saw investors plough £3bn into funds.

In terms of asset allocation, equities were the best-selling asset class for the fourth consecutive month with net retail sales of £503m.

UK equity income funds proved particularly popular, taking in £520m of private investor money.

Meanwhile, investors withdrew £333m from fixed income funds – the largest outflows since June 2013 – “perhaps in expectation of an interest rate raise,” said Daniel Godfrey, chief executive of The Investment Association.

Mixed asset funds had their lowest sales at £55m since January 2009 – compared to £449m in July.

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