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European fund sales on the rise

Net sales of European funds hit 3 billion (2.6 billion) in April, up from 75m in March, according to Lipper FMI’s Fund Flash Report. However, the inflow is a fraction of the 16 billion of inflows in the same month last year.

The figure was boosted by a net inflow of 3.6 billion into bond funds, which Lipper says was the best amount in the asset class since January 2006. Investment grade and high yield options were the dominant theme among Continental investors, says Lipper.

Equity funds meanwhile saw a net inflow of 4.4 billion, while convertible bond and options funds attracted 1.6 billion of new money.


Final analysis

I am a deferred member of a final-salary scheme. I am 52 years old and the normal retirement age is 60. The scheme has been in the news recently as there is a sizeable deficit. Should I worry and what are my options?

Rise and fall

In the wake of the global economy’s almost complete halt at the end of last year, macroeconomic data is now showing signs of improvement. In recent months, global stock markets posted some of the strongest rallies on record. The consensus view has rapidly shifted to a strong economic recovery and fears over deflation have been cast aside.


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