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Zurich launches 18 new funds

Zurich has introduced 18 new funds in order to provide clients with a greater number of options in the midst of volatile markets.

The new funds are now available to clients and intermediaries through the Sterling Bond and an additional 22 funds have been added to the Sterling mutual funds. Zurich’s individual pension selection has 15 new funds.

The new funds allow clients to invest in a wider range of asset classes and geographical regions. New managed, multi-manager, and multi-asset options are available as well.

Money Market and Cautious Managed funds have been introduced to appeal to the cautious investor, while there is also the option of Gartmore Emerging Markets Opportunities and JPM New Europe funds.

Zurich fund development director Peter Davis says: “We understand that it is important to provide intermediaries and their clients with a wide range of fund choices that will appeal to all tastes.

“The introduction of the new funds across our pension and investment proposition allows intermediaries and their clients to tailor their investment needs according to their attitude to risk, as well as market volatility.”


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