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The Tell: Emerging-market debt funds just had a record 4-week buying boom

Investor appetite for emerging-market bonds has pushed buying in debt-oriented funds tied to those regions to records.

Roughly $14 billion has poured into emerging-market debt over the past four weeks, marking the longest streak of buying in emerging-market debt funds since September 2014, according to a weekly report on funds flows from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (see chart below).

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Rolling four-week inflows in emerging-markets debt funds.

Flows into emerging-market bonds were $3.4 billion during the week ended July 28, following inflows of $4.9 billion in the prior week, which then marked a record level of weekly inflows for emerging-market paper, according to BAML data.

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