3 Gold Rated European Equity Funds

With upcoming elections in Europe over the next 12 months, investors should prepare for market volatility. Could this be a good time to pick up quality investments on the cheap?

Emma Wall 8 December, 2016 | 3:16PM

Think 2016 has been a big year for political upsets? Wait out the next 12 months where we can expect general elections in France and Germany, and potentially Italy too thanks to the recent resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi this week. Although Austria voted against a far-right regime in Sunday’s election, it is doubtful we have seen the end of populist politics. The social dissatisfaction and anti-globalisation swell that has led to the election of Donald Trump in the US and the leave vote in the Brexit referendum ticks on.

With political uncertainty comes stock market volatility, and an opportunity for long-term investors to add to quality positions on the cheap. If you are feeling bullish on European equities, next year’s elections may prove a buying opportunity. Here are three top rated funds to choose from.

Comgest Growth Europe

This long-term investment strategy is managed with the highest level of expertise, say Morningstar analysts. This fund’s approach is solely focused on quality companies capable of growing independently of the economic cycle. These companies generally have a dominant commercial position, solid management, and a sound balance sheet. Stocks belonging to the most cyclical sectors, including financials, are therefore deliberately excluded. Conversely, the team favours sectors in which companies have a strong competitive advantage like health care or technology. 

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Comgest Growth Europe EUR Acc30.18 EUR1.24
Jupiter European Opportunities Ord705.01 GBP0.29
Uni-Global Equities Europe RA-EUR1,554.51 EUR1.12

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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