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Top five European bond funds revealed

We take a closer look at the top-performing European bond funds.

The bonds market has been eventful over the past months, with the Italian elections and the consequent sell-off of the Italian government bonds.

We take a look at the top-performing European bond funds as of 31 April 2018. 

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The bonds market has been eventful over the past months, with the Italian elections and the consequent sell-off of the Italian government bonds.

We take a look at the top-performing European bond funds as of 31 April 2018. 

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Fifth- - Nordea 1 - European Covered Bond HBI CHF

Fund manager: Henrik Stille

Fund size: EUR 1.058 million

Performance over three years: 3.7%

As of 30 April 2018, the Nordea 1 - European Covered Bond fund’s assets are mostly allocated in Denmark, Spain and France. Its top 10 holdings include Westpac Banking Corp at 3.3%, Spain Government Bond at 3.5% and Realkredit Danmark at 7.9%.

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Fourth- Manavest-Obligataire date et flexible 2022 CHF

Fund manager: Trillium SA

Fund size: CHF 40.70 million

Performance over three years: 6.1%

The Manavest-Obligataire date et flexible 2022 fund’s top allocations by sector are consumer cyclical at 24.5%, communications at 14.9% and consumer non cyclical at 12.8%.

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Third: AB FCP I-European Income Portfolio I2 CHF H

Fund manager: Jorgen Kjaersgaard, Scott DiMaggio, John Taylor

Fund size: CHF 2.257 million

Performance over three years: 6.4%

The AB FCP I-European Income Portfolio fund is managed by Citywire + rated Jorgen Kjaersgaard, Scott DiMaggio and John Taylor. Its top holdings are Spain Govt Bond at 2.67%, French Republic Govt Bond at 6.46% and Bundesrepublik Deutschland at 11.5%. The assets are mostly allocated to corporates -non-Investment grade, global governments and corporates – investment grade.

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Second: Migros Bank (CH) Fonds Inst-EuropCurrenciesBond I

Fund manager: Claude Michel

Fund size: Not disclosed

Performance over three years: 15.3%

As of the 30 April 2018, the Migros Bank (CH) Fonds Inst-EuropCurrenciesBond has recorded a total return of 15.3% compared with 6.2% from the benchmark. 

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First: ECM Dynamic Credit A Inc CHF Hgd

Fund manager: Henrietta Pacquement, Alex Temple

Fund size: CHF 40.93 million

Performance over three years: 21.4%

At the top of the list is the ECM Dynamic Credit fund, managed by Citywire AA-rated Henrietta Pacquement and Alex Temple. The largest geographical allocations are France at 15.28%, the UK at 11.39% and the US at 11.27%.

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