The Most Coveted Funds of 2012

Morningstar highlights the seven most highly sought after funds from the first nine months of 2012

Alanna Petroff 7 November, 2012 | 6:01AM

If you’re on the lookout for new investments, you may want to ‘follow the money’ and check out where other investors are funnelling their cash. According to the latest Morningstar data, seven funds have pulled in more than £1 billion each in net investments in the first three quarters of 2012.

The most highly coveted fund of 2012 is the M&G Optimal Income Fund (Analyst Research). As of 30 September 2012, the Silver-rated fund, which is run by the highly regarded Richard Woolnough, took in a net £3.3 billion. The behemoth fund is considered by Morningstar OBSR analysts to be a suitable choice for investors who are looking for unconstrained fixed-income exposure with a modest equity stake. The analysts also have a high regard for Woolnough, saying that he is “one of the more experienced fixed-income managers in the industry.”  

The Bronze-rated Standard Life Global Absolute Return Strategy Fund (which is also called the GARS fund) comes in second place in terms of net asset flows. Investors pushed roughly £3.1 billion at this fund’s management team in the first three quarters of 2012. This fund in particular has been highly sought after by institutional investors, especially pension funds.

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Alanna Petroff

Alanna Petroff  is a financial journalist with Morningstar UK.

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