Fund launches down 33% since 2010

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As of the end of December 2014 there were 31,892 mutual funds registered for sale in Europe, according to the Lipper’s ‘Launches, Liquidations & Mergers in the European Mutual Fund Industry: Q4 2014’ report.

Luxembourg continued to dominate the fund market in Europe, hosting 8,905 funds, followed by France, where 4,715 funds were domiciled.

During 2014, 2,218 funds were launched in Europe, broadly level with the number of launches for 2013 (2,224) and 2012 (2,200). Compared with the peak in 2010, the number of newly-launched products showed a decrease of around 33% in 2014.

The number of liquidations fell approximately 15% from 2013 to 2014 – from 2,010 to 1,699; the lowest number of liquidations in the five-year observation period. During the same period the number of fund mergers went down slightly – approximately 5%, from 1,185 for 2013 to 1,122 for 2014.

Q4 2014 witnessed the launch of 475 funds: 180 equity funds, 109 bond funds, 137 mixed asset funds, 42 “other” funds, and 7 money market funds.

During the same period 453 funds were liquidated: 125 equity funds, 84 bond funds, 99 mixed-asset funds, 108 “other” funds, and 37 money market funds.

For Q4 2014, 271 funds were merged: 113 equity funds, 80 bond funds, 50 mixed-asset funds, 13 “other” funds, and 15 money market funds.


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