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.

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.

Why Dart Group’s shares are soaring

The quiet growth of low-cost airline Jet2 has taken both competitors and investors by surprise – unless you were looking in the places most fund managers ignore.

Tapping students for cash

This student-property fund shocked investors with a dividend cut last year, but its shares now look better value.

No-frills trust with exciting ideas

Sometimes you don’t even need to look at a fund’s performance, says Max King. As with this investment trust, you just know it is going to be good.

Infrastructure investors: stick with the safest option

Political risks on PFI deals may be overstated, but this investment trust looks to be the best bet, says Max King.

Goodbye PFI: the socialist threat to infrastructure funds

Corbyn and McDonnell want to nationalise infrastructure without compensating investors. The collapse of Carillion has given them more ammunition. David Stevenson reports.

What investors can learn from SLA's ill-fated merger

The merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life was supposed to create a “formidable player” on the global money-management stage. Things are not going well. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what investors can learn from the mess.

Beating the market: simple in theory, tough in practice

If you want to beat the crowd, you can’t be part of the crowd. But that’s easier said than done, says John Stepek. Here’s what you need to do.

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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.