Investors pile into bonds, equities on hopes of U.S. interest rate cuts


LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - Investors pumped more than $4 billion into bond and equity funds in the past week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) said on Friday, on hopes of U.S. interest rate cuts as the Federal Reserve aims to counter a slowing global economy.

The data is the latest sign that expectations of a more accommodative U.S. central bank following comments by Fed chairman Jerome Powell last week pushed investors into both safe haven bonds and riskier assets like stocks.

Powell said the Fed was closely monitoring the implications of the trade war on the world's No. 1 economy and would "act as appropriate to sustain the expansion".

Over the past six months, a record $46 billion has ploughed into government bond funds, while investors have largely shunned equities as trade war worries prompted them to take shelter in safe-haven assets.

European equity funds remained unloved with investors pulling $600 million, marking the 64th week of outflows in the last 66.

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