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.

Value investing is due its time in the sun

Whether you own active funds or ETFs, you must pay attention to which investment styles are working, says David Stevenson.

Stick with the old-favourite real estate investment trusts

There’s no need to snap up overpriced shares in newer property funds when two heavyweight reits are so cheap, says Max King.

A safe long- term bet for our investment-trust income portfolio

Utilities make sense if you’re looking for income, says David Stevenson. But regulators and politicians can ruin the attractions. Make sure you diversify your holdings.

Rhodium: the niche alternative to gold

Bored with gold? Uninspired by silver? Platinum too cheap for your tastes these days? Perhaps, says Chris Carter, you need to find a more intriguing metal – here’s one that fits the bill.

Residential funds: buying houses without the hassle

With buy-to-let an increasingly unattractive option, residential funds may appeal to more investors, says Emma Lunn.

Ride out the storm with PAT

Personal Assets Trust is braced for disaster, says Max King. Long-term investors should do well with it.

Don’t get nudged into a second-rate pension fund

Auto-enrolment means many more workers are now paying into a pension – but the default funds are often a poor choice. Take the time to pick your own, says Cris Sholto Heaton.

Alliance’s reinvention pays off

This trust is in better shape than before, says David C Stevenson – and could soon become a core holding for investors.

How the world’s wealthiest keep it in the family

The world’s richest families, disillusioned with traditional wealth management, are taking matters into their own hands. Lucy Loewenberg reports on the rise of the family office.

Profit from the Russian recovery

UK investors struggle to understand this Russia-focused property fund, says David C Stevenson. But that just makes it an attractive bet for the brave.

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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.