Income, safety and international. Those are the key words when it comes to describing the most popular mutual fund categories.

Of the 103 new funds have been launched this year through mid-April, the top categories include absolute return funds (7), global flexible portfolio funds (6), equity income funds (5), global equity income funds (4), emerging markets debt funds (4), flexible portfolio funds (4) and mixed-asset target 2050+ funds (4), according to Tom Roseen, head of research services at Lipper.

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