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Investors up risk exposure

Investors’ growing confidence is starting to be reflected in allocations towards riskier assets, according to Hargreaves Lansdown.

Of the top 10 best selling funds on the Hargreaves Vantage fund supermarket in May, three were emerging market focused funds. Aberdeen Emerging Markets, Allianz RCM BRIC Stars, and Neptune Russia and Greater Russia all saw significant inflows over the month.

There was also a commodities fund on the list, with JPMorgan Natural Resources of great appeal to investors with oil prices more than doubling this year.

Another positive sign, according to Hargreaves, was the take-up of Artemis Strategic Assets, managed by William Littlewood. The manager’s return to managing money, after nearly a decade out of the industry, prompted a large amount of interest from investors with the fund raising £160m since its launch in May.

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