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Video: Why we like investment trusts

Investment trusts are a relatively cheap and simple way of investing in the stock market. Ed Bowsher explains why at MoneyWeek, we much prefer them to other funds.

Fund of the week: Ride the wave of Japanese printed money

Profit from the Bank of Japan’s money-printing programme with this Japanese-focused fund.

Why 'smart beta' funds are taking off

Smart beta funds are becoming ever more popular with investors. Matthew Partridge explains how they work, and what to watch out for.

Oil price war: Profit from the battle for black gold

The oil price is falling dramatically – but there’s further to go. John Stepek explains why, and how you can profit.

'Active share': what it is, where to find it, and why your funds should always have it

The best performing funds have high ‘active share’ scores, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here, she explains what it is, and which funds have it.

The Kids’ Portfolio: Four top funds to buy for your children

Having 40 years to invest can free you up to take risks in the big themes of the next few decades, says David C Stevenson. Here, he picks four of the best funds to buy for the long term.

Watch out for the closet tracker funds in your portfolio

There are a huge number of index tracker funds in the UK masquerading as – and being charged as – actively managed funds, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Take charge of your money – find out which funds platform is best for you

More and more people are investing for themselves. But which broker should you use? Holly Mackay explains what you need to know.

Why Vietnam is the new China

China is at risk of being eclipsed by rapid growth in Southeast Asia.

Bet on a commodities recovery with these two cheap funds

Crude oil and metals look set for further misery over the next year, says David C Stevenson. But the longer-term outlook is more promising.

Buy into booming India

There’s still work to do, but India’s new prime minister is paving the way for growth. Smart investors should buy in now, says Matthew Partridge.

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In the summer of 2012, Merryn Somerset Webb created a portfolio of the best investment trusts. Here, she looks at how they have been performing.