TORONTO, April 8, 2015 - RBC Global Asset Management Inc. today announced March mutual fund net sales of $1.6 billion. Long-term funds had net sales of $1.7 billion and money market funds had net redemptions of $70 million. Assets under management increased by 0.1 per cent.
In addition to IFIC reported mutual fund net sales, RBC ETFs had net sales of $350 million in the first quarter of 2015, having recently surpassed $1 billion in assets under management. RBC Global Asset Management Inc. was the fastest growing ETF provider in Canada in the quarter, based on flows as a percentage of assets under management. (Source: Bloomberg.)
"Our strong mutual fund sales momentum continued this month, as we exceeded all previous March sales results and continued to capture a significant portion of industry long-term mutual fund net sales," said Doug Coulter, president of RBC Global Asset Management Inc. "Investors and advisors appear to continue to favour products with long-term growth and income potential. Accordingly, our suite of income-generating solutions remained among our top sellers for the month."
"The strong demand we are seeing for our suite of ETFs complements our mutual fund distribution," added Coulter. "RBC Global Asset Management Inc.'s increasingly diverse lineup of investment options reflects our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of investors and advisors."
Mutual fund sales results information is based on preliminary data from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).
About RBC Global Asset Management and RBC Wealth Management
RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and includes institutional money managers BlueBay Asset Management and Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management. RBC GAM is a provider of global investment management services and solutions to individual, high-net-worth and institutional investors through mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, pooled funds, separate accounts and specialty investment strategies. RBC GAM group of companies manage more than $370 billion and have approximately 1,200 employees located across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
RBC GAM is part of RBC Wealth Management, which is one of the world's top five largest wealth managers*. RBC Wealth Management directly serves affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high net worth clients globally with a full suite of banking, investment, trust and other wealth management solutions, from our key operational hubs in Canada, the United States, the British Isles, and Asia. The business also provides asset management products and services directly and through RBC and third party distributors to institutional and individual clients, through its RBC GAM business. RBC Wealth Management has more than C$767 billion of assets under administration, more than C$480 billion of assets under management and approximately 4,400 financial consultants, advisors, private bankers, and trust officers. For more information, please visit www.rbcwealthmanagement.com.
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