Stocks enjoy record inflows as gold loses lustre on vaccine trade: BofA

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York City, two days after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, New York, U.S., November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Investors stepped up their buying of riskier assets such as stocks last week while pulling money out of safe-haven gold, BofA said on Friday, as major vaccine breakthroughs extended hopes that economies could move closer to normality in 2021.

A record $115 billion was poured into equity funds in the past four weeks, the U.S. investment bank said citing data from EPFR. Equity funds saw $9.7 billion of inflows for the week ending Dec 2.

Safe-haven gold, by contrast, has seen $9 billion in outflows in the last three weeks.

Vast government spending and central bank stimulus have also raised expectations for a return of inflation from its decade-long slumber. That helped Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) attract $2 billion last week, the second-largest weekly total.

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