So far this year European equities have returned to form, but there is still plenty that could knock them off course. Slowing growth and an ageing population are big challenges for domestic economies in these regions while potential disputes, due to Brexit and escalating trade tensions with the US, threaten the region’s exporting businesses. But if you write off continental Europe you will forego the many successful companies listed on markets in this region, which over the decades ahead could continue to deliver strong returns – regardless of short-term political issues.
Good total returns
Outperformance in good and bad markets
Short track record
A good way to tap into such companies is LF Miton European Opportunities Fund (GB00BZ2K2M84), which over three years has returned 83.41 per cent, making it the top performer in the Investment Association (IA) Europe ex UK fund sector. It is also well ahead of FTSE Europe ex UK index, a broad benchmark composed of equities in listed in this region, which rose 49.24 per cent over three years.