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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.

How to make sure your fund manager isn’t the next Bernie Madoff

Tim Price explains what you should watch our for when choosing a fund manager to look after your money.

Alliance Trust: a victory for shareholder activists

Alliance Trust’s surrender marks the biggest victory yet for shareholder activists in Britain.

Choppy waters ahead – batten down the hatches and short the market

We face a summer exciting in possibilities and daunting in turbulence. David C Stevenson explains how to prepare for it.

The hidden risks in simple funds

The International Monetary Fund has warned of the lurking danger in unit trusts and exchange-traded funds.

Neil Woodford’s new fund aims to harness the power of small growth companies

Early investors in Neil Woodford’s new small-cap fund could be onto a winner, says David Thornton. But as the fund’s name suggests, they must be patient.

Two funds to reward patient investors

Early-stage companies and micro-cap stocks can deliver spectacular returns, says David C Stevenson. But the risks are high and you must be willing to lock away your money for many years.

Bruce Stout: Hunting for growth in a deflationary world

Bruce Stout explains to Merryn Somerset Webb why emerging markets may be a better bet for profits and dividends than traditional defensive stocks.

Expect fireworks at Alliance Trust

The explosive finale to Alliance Trust’s battle with US hedge fund Elliott could present investors with a buying opportunity, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Pick up some Brics

Take the hand of an active manager, and venture into emerging markets. David C Stevenson tips one new exchange-traded fund to keep your eye on.

Build a portfolio with ETFs

By building a portfolio of ten to 12 exchange-traded funds (ETFs), you can capture more than 80% of global market returns, says professional investor Shaun Port.

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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.