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Emerging markets gain ground on Vantage platform

Several emerging market funds appeared in the bestseller list on Hargreaves Lansdown’s Vantage platform in January, alongside the enduringly popular equity income offerings.

Among the top ten best selling funds were Aberdeen emerging markets, Allianz RCM Bric stars, and Neptune Russia & Greater Russia.

Invesco Perpetual’s latest offering, the tactical Bond fund for Paul Read and Paul Causer, has also made it into the top ten through offer period
sales, despite only launching on February 1. It sits alongside the Invesco Perpetual income and high income funds, which have become almost a permanent fixture among the most popular funds.

Allianze strategic assets, JO Hambro UK equity income, Jupiter absolute return and Newton global higher income also sold well in January.

The best selling sectors in January were Asia Pacific ex Japan, £ sterling bond, global growth, specialist and UK equity income.

In terms of the strongest performers for the month, three Japan offerings made the top ten – GLG Japan core alpha, FF & P Japan equity, and M&G
Japanese smaller companies.

Others on the top performers list include CF Ruffer Baker Steel gold with a return of 6.32 per cent, New Star sterling bond, returning 6.25 per cent, and Rathbone ethical bond, returning 5.9 per cent.

Head of Vantage development Ben Lundie says: “In these interesting economic times, investors remain attracted to managers with
longevity who have shown over time they can perform in many different market conditions. Woodford, Gibbs and Littlewood are names that spring to mind.

“At the same time areas of specialisation such as emerging markets and more recently absolute return funds attract investors who are looking to
diversify their investment portfolios further.”

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