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Equity funds and mixed-asset funds are predominant European mutual fund types, says Lipper

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Equity funds and mixed-asset funds, accounting for 38% and 23% of the total number of funds, were the predominant asset classes among the 31,493 mutual funds registered for sale in Europe at the end of first quarter 2011, according to a new research paper released by Lipper.

Launches, Liquidations, and Mergers in the European Mutual Fund Industry, First Quarter 2011, also found that the number of newly launched funds decreased during first quarter 2011 compared to last quarter 2010 – to 500 new funds from 716 new funds.
 
During 2010, the number of newly-launched funds was also below the average of launched funds for the period from 2006-2010; 2,872 new funds were launched compared to the average of 3,488 new funds.

First quarter 2011 witnessed the launch of 500 mutual funds registered for sale in Europe, compared to 762 newly launched funds during first quarter 2010. Luxembourg was the most active marketplace–with the launch of 140 mutual funds, followed by France–with 83 new funds–and Spain with 74 new funds.

The most represented fund categories launched during first quarter 2011 were guaranteed funds, mixed-asset flexible funds, and Newcits funds (UCITS funds using alternative strategies).

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