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.
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.
The world’s problems can be solved – and the Impax Environmental Markets investment trust is well placed to profit from fixing them.
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.
Despite having a tough year, the outlook for funds investing in PFI and support services is improving, says Max King.
The Witan Investment Trust is geographically diversified and boasts a growing dividend, says Max King.
Index-tracking funds are great, cheap alternatives to their overpriced active cousins. But they aren’t flawless, says John Stepek.
Value investing has been out of fashion – here’s how to bet that will change over the long run.
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.
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.
Baillie Gifford’s Scottish American Investment Trust prides itself on buying companies that target both income and growth.
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.