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 business of giving stuff away

Fidelity has introduced two tracker funds with no fees at all. Other industries will adopt a similar model. But how can you make a profit when the price of your product has fallen to zero?

Three investment trusts going cheap

Professional investor Nick Greenwood of selects three investment trusts that are trading at a discount to buy now.

Fidelity wins the race to the bottom

The asset manager has launched free tracker funds in a bid to beat its competitors, says Sarah Moore.

I have a big problem with this idea that investing can ever be “passive”

The idea that investing can be “active” or “passive” is wrong, says John Stepek. Every decision investors make is active. Better to think of it as a choice between “expensive” and “cheap”.

Private equity has cash to burn

For private equity companies, raising the cash was the easy bit, says Max King – now what to invest it in?

Three cheap and interesting aircraft leasing funds

These aircraft-leasing funds were hit by fears over their planes’ resale value. Now, they look cheap.

A successful first half for fans of investment trusts

The broader equity market made little progress in the first half of 2018, but those who followed our investment trust recommendations have reason to be pleased, says Max King.

Investment platforms are great, but they need to up their game

Investment platforms have opened up investing for many people. But their pricing structures are obscure and switching between them is expensive and slow.

The investment trust that refuses to believe in the end of the world

The world’s problems can be solved – and the Impax Environmental Markets investment trust is well placed to profit from fixing them.

Brave investors should venture out to frontier markets

Look beyond emerging markets: a category of small, exotic countries known as frontier markets are illiquid and highly risky – but could be very rewarding, says David Stevenson.

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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.