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Revealed: the top funds attracting investor interest

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Investors have shown more interest in emerging market funds than any other asset class in the first three months of the year, according to research firm Morningstar.

Of the top ten fund searches on Morningstar’s website in quarter one of the year, five were emerging markets funds, a sign of continued interest in the region.

The top two are the popular Aberdeen Emerging Markets and First State Global Emerging Market Leaders, the first of which is already soft-closed, meaning it is no longer accepting new money.

The top ten list also includes some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Templeton Global Total Return and Invesco Perpetual High Income, but only two bond funds, as investors turn to equities for returns.

Developed markets, on the other hand, have not seen nearly the same interest as emerging regions and did not appear in the top ten searches.

Holly Cook, managing editor of, said: “UK, US and European equities have all enjoyed a strong start to 2013, while many emerging markets have struggled year-to-date, highlighting the drawback of chasing ‘hot’ topics.

“However, despite the riskier nature of areas such as emerging markets and natural resources, we believe these funds present attractive opportunities for investors. All ten are highly rated by Morningstar’s fund analysts and we believe they will continue to outperform their category peers.”

Top ten searched funds on in Q1

Fund  Morningstar rating 
 Aberdeen Emerging Markets   Gold
 First State Global Emerging Markets Leaders  Gold
 Templeton Global Total Return   Bronze
 Invesco Perpetual High Income  Gold
 BlackRock GlobaL Funds – World Mining  Gold
 M&G Strategic Corporate Bond  Gold
 Aberdeen Asia Pacific Fund  Gold
 Newton Asian Income  Silver
 J.P. Morgan Natural Resources  Bronze
 First State China Growth  Gold

 Source: Morningstar

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