Funds

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.

The easy way to back value stocks

Value investing has been out of fashion – here’s how to bet that will change over the long run.

Why brands and ideas are the route to reliable profits

The collapse of Carillion showed the perils inherent in complicated businesses. Look for simple firms with powerful intellectual property instead, fund managers Nick Train and Tristan Chapple tell Sarah Moore.

What’s so special about investment trusts – and some of their dangers

Closed-ended funds such as Investment trusts consistently outperform their open-ended counterparts. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why, and asks if they can continue doing it in the future.

Investment trusts: the Saints go marching on

Baillie Gifford’s Scottish American Investment Trust prides itself on buying companies that target both income and growth.

Investment trusts and the directors that should be fighting your corner

You should be able to count on the board of an investment trust to look after your interests, says David Stevenson. Two recent cases show just how important an effective board is.

Momentum investing: what it is, why it works and what to buy

Momentum investing – buying what has already gone up in price in the belief that it will keep doing so – shouldn’t work in theory. Yet in real life, it does. Stephen Connolly looks at why – and what to buy.

Forget the gimmicks – it's trust we need

Trust in the financial services sector is already low, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Let’s not make it worse with bells and whistles.

Invesco is making a mockery of shareholder democracy

Invesco’s bullying of an investment trust is an outrageous example of fund management arrogance, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Energy fund experts have failed investors - look elsewhere

There are plenty of positive signs for the energy sector, says Max King, even if its long-term future is one of declining output. But specialist energy fund managers are asleep at the wheel.

Three exciting new ETFs

These new exchange-traded funds give you the opportunity to invest in some interesting sectors.

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A simple, easy to manage portfolio of six of the best investment trusts, selected by Merryn Somerset Webb, offering defensiveness, stability, exposure to growth, and some income.