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.

Where to find value in Africa

A specialist investment trust and a mining stock allow investors to bet on African large-cap stocks, and a recovery in Zimbabwe.

Should you buy Smithson, Terry Smith’s new investment trust?

Merryn Somerset Webb finds out more about the Smithson investment trust – who’s running it, what’s in it, and how much it will cost.

The changes sweeping the Gulf provide opportunities for investors

Matthew Partridge talks to Nicholas Wilson of the Gulf Investment Fund about the rapidly changing face of the Gulf states, and the opportunities for investors.

Three exciting new small-cap investment trusts

It may feel like there is very little value to be found in the markets. But these three new small-cap investment trusts are betting against that, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Venture-capital trusts – buy at your peril

High-profile venture-capital successes tempt ordinary investors, but be careful, says Max King.

BioPharma Credit: a risky punt on promising new drugs

BioPharma Credit, a life-sciences investment trust, offers a tempting yield. But the dangers may be high when the credit cycle turns.

Buy into the African renaissance

This London-listed Reit lets you invest in the growing consumer markets of an exciting continent, says David Stevenson.

Off-piste adventures, the easy way

Miton Global hunts for rare treasures in the remoter reaches of the market – all you need to do is buy in, says Max King.

Passive investing would have confounded Adam Smith

If Adam Smith were alive today, the great economist would be left utterly perplexed by the rise and popularity of passive investing, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How career risk turns many active managers into index trackers

Those who say that passive investing represents the “blind” allocation of capital have a point, says John Stepek. But it’s not like active fund managers were very “active” to begin with.

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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.