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.

A smoother ride in emerging markets

Terry Smith’s trust should come into its own during bear markets, says Max King.

The ultimate portfolio for the hands-off investor

Successful active investing takes a lot of work – and even then, it’s difficult to beat the market. The answer? Be as passive as possible, says former hedge-fund manager Lars Kroijer.

Plug into the future of energy

David Stevenson explains how to generate an income by investing in the backbone of the new energy economy.

Who can investors trust?

From cryptocurrencies to Facebook, trust is in short supply. If you want a fund to buy and abandon, who can you trust to be around long enough?

Investors' patience wears thin for Neil Woodford

The star manager’s tactic of throwing a lot of mud at the wall and hoping some will stick hasn’t worked, says Max King.

The star fund managers who fell to earth

Neil Woodford’s reputation as Britain’s top fund manager has taken a few recent hits. Sarah Moore looks at what lessons investors can learn from his misfortunes.

Tax breaks for early-stage investors with VCTs

If you’ve already used your Isa and pension allowances, then venture capital trusts and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) may be the investment vehicles for you.

How to buy into innovative start-ups before they go big

Baillie Gifford’s new trust gives investors the chance to buy innovative start-ups before they go big.

Hitch a ride to profits with robots

Active fund managers are beginning to embrace the idea of technology-inspired thematic funds. David C Stevenson reports.

Emerging markets are booming again - here's how to play it

Emerging markets are booming again. David C Stevenson explains how to get a slice of the action using exchange-traded funds.

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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.