Funds

Why it pays to go passive

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Index provider S&P releases an annual “scorecard” rating how active funds compare to passive funds, says John Stepek. This year was worse than usual.

Racing to victory

As May calls a snap general election, is it time to buy British stocks?

  • Should everybody get a handout from the state?

Just what is a fund anyway?

There are two main types of fund out there for investors to invest in. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how they work, and which is her favourite.

Video: Why we like investment trusts

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

How to choose a tracker fund

The decision to buy a tracker fund is anything but passive, says John Stepek. Here are the key questions to ask before investing.

How central banks created the bubble in passive investing

The rise of passive investing is a result of rock bottom interest rates. That’s good in the long term, but could cause pain in the short term, says John Stepek.

Buffett’s bet: can a tracker trounce the hedgies?

There’s no sense in handing 1%-2% plus fees to fund managers when a cheap tracker gets results, says Stephen Connolly.

Invest in cutting-edge healthcare

Max King looks at one fund allowing investors to put their money in cutting-edge medical research.

It’s quiet out there. Too damn quiet

Driven by record amounts of money pouring in to exchange-traded funds, markets are starting to feel a little overheated, says John Stepek. Are we nearing the top?

How to invest in private equity

If you want access to fast-growing private businesses, then finding the right private-equity fund is your only sensible option. Luckily, the UK stockmarket boasts some of the best private-equity funds, says David C Stevenson.

A value fund with a decidedly fine focus

Active management can work if a fund is small and focused. Adam Rackley has big plans, he tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

Standard Life Aberdeen deal means “business as usual” isn’t an option for asset managers

The pace of change in the asset management industry might be about to pick up – and fast, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That’s very good news for consumers.

Four top emerging-market investment trusts

Emerging-market indices skew towards Asia, and especially China, Korea and Taiwan. So forget passive index hugging, says Max King, try these four broad-based EM funds instead.

Six income ideas for your portfolio

Government bonds look increasingly poor value, but you can still earn a good income from more specialist investment opportunities, says Jon Rebak.

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