Commentary on the aggregated balance sheet of investment funds

March 2024

Commentary on the aggregated sectoral balance sheet

Net assets value

The net assets value of investment funds was CZK 1,268.6 billion at the end of March. This means an increase of CZK 21.7 billion compared to February (monthly transactions accounted for CZK +10.9 billion). Compared to the same period last year, the net assets value of investment funds rose by 30.1%. The biggest month-on-month change in the net assets value was recorded for bond funds, up by CZK 7.9 billion to CZK 386.9 billion.

Investment in bonds

The value of bond holdings was CZK 286.9 billion at the end of March. Compared to the previous month, the total volume of bonds in the funds’ portfolio increased by CZK 7.0 billion (monthly transactions accounted for CZK +7.7 billion). The proportion of debt securities in the funds’ net assets value went up to 22.6% compared to the previous month.

Investment in equity securities

During the month under review, the volume of equity securities in the funds’ portfolio increased. As of the end of the month, the value of holdings of equity securities amounted to CZK 604.9 billion, of which CZK 216.8 billion was investment in the shares and units of investment funds and CZK 388.1 billion was investment in shares and other equity. The value of equity securities grew by CZK 12.8 billion compared to February (monthly transactions accounted for CZK +4.9 billion). The share of equity securities in the funds’ net assets value increased to 47.7% compared to the previous month.

Other investment

The value of funds invested in other assets decreased during the period under review. The total volume of other investment was CZK 455.4 billion in March, of which CZK 72.2 billion was fixed investment and CZK 162.5 billion investment in deposits. The proportion of other investment in the funds’ net assets value fell to 35.9% compared to the previous month.

Reporting population

At the end of March 2024, a total of 841 resident investment funds were active in the Czech Republic, of which 94 were equity funds, 72 bond funds, 75 mixed funds, 143 real estate funds, 435 other funds and 22 funds without an investment policy.

Chart 1 – Balance sheet total – breakdown by asset item

Balance sheet total – breakdown by asset item – chart

Source: ARAD data series system

Chart 2 – Net assets value – breakdown by investment policy

Net assets value – breakdown by investment policy – chart

Source: ARAD data series system


Notes:

  • Investment funds mean investment and mutual funds other than money market funds. In accordance with Regulation of the European Central Bank concerning the balance sheet of the monetary financial institutions sector (ECB/2013/33), money market funds fall into this sector and the data for money market funds are not part of the investment fund statistics.
  • Transactions mean changes in stocks which occurred during the relevant period owing to purchases/sales of the given instrument. Monthly transactions are calculated from differences in outstanding amounts adjusted for reclassifications, price changes, exchange rate variations and potential other changes which do not arise from financial transactions (non-transaction effects).
  • Other investment is understood to mean funds invested in assets other than bonds and equity securities (especially deposits, loans and real estate).
  • The time series for investment fund statistics are available in the ARAD data series system.