U.S. TIPS funds post first weekly outflow in 2017 - Lipper

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NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) - U.S.-based funds that focus
on Treasury Inflation Protected Securities posted their first
weekly outflow in 2017 after the government said last week its
Consumer Price Index unexpectedly fell in March, Lipper data
showed late Thursday.
    The disappointing CPI was the latest data that led investors
to further to reduce their inflation expectations. Falling oil
prices, recent soft readings on jobs growth and consumer
spending and doubts about tax cuts and infrastructure spending
from Washington have caused investors to dial back holdings,
based on U.S. inflation accelerating this year. [nL1N1HL1GU]
    TIPS fund assets decreased by $66.28 million to $61.82
billion in week ended April 19. This was the first weekly drop
since the week of Dec. 7.
    TIPS fund assets were still $5 billion higher since the end
of 2016, according to Lipper, a Thomson Reuters unit.
    A week ago, the U.S. Labor Department said CPI, the
government's broadest inflation gauge, fell 0.3 percent in March
for its first decline in 13 months and the biggest fall since
January 2015 due to weak prices on gasoline and mobile phone
services. [nL1N1HL1GU]
    TIPS principal and interest payments are benchmarked against
the CPI.
    This week, TIPS inflation breakeven rates, which are yield
differences between TIPS and regular Treasuries, fell to their
lowest since late last year, according to Tradeweb and Reuters
    The five-year TIPS breakeven rate <USBEI5Y=RR> touched 1.73
percent on Tuesday, the lowest since Dec. 19 before rebounding
to 1.78 percent on Friday.
    The 10-year breakeven rate <USBEI10Y=RR> held at a
five-month low of 1.85 percent reached on Thursday.

 (Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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