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.

Peter Hargreaves: an upset for the world’s happiest billionaire

Peter Hargreaves created a FTSE 100 company from scratch without borrowing or acquisition – and without scandal – at least until the Woodford one blew up in its face. 

BlackRock Latin American Trust: the tide is turning for Brazil

The BlackRock Latin American Trust, largely invested in Brazil, is grabbing the bull by the horns. Investors should, too.

Rock-star fund manager Woodford gets booed off stage

Neil Woodford had humble origins, but built an enthusiastic following among retail investors by promising to make them rich. Now, they’d just like their money back.

What makes investment trusts so special

MoneyWeek likes investment trusts. We write about them every week. However, now might be a good time to remember what it is that makes them special.

The fallout from Neil Woodford’s fall from grace

If you own a Woodford fund, what should you do now? And what of the other stocks affected by the former “star” manager’s current woes? Merryn Somerset Webb has the answers.

After the Woodford fallout, is it time to buy Hargreaves Lansdown and Patient Capital?

Two of the biggest casualties from Neil Woodford’s fall from grace are his investment trust – Woodford Patient Capital – and broker Hargreaves Lansdown. John Stepek looks at whether you should snap them up or leave them well alone.

Neil Woodford doesn’t deserve your sympathy – his troubles are all his own fault

Some people think Neil Woodford has been an unfortunate victim. But he’s no such thing, says Merryn Somerset Webb. He broke some of fund management’s most fundamental rules and his investors are paying the price.

How to avoid being hit by a falling star

Three ways to shield your portfolio from the fallout when a celebrity fund manager takes a tumble.

Fund managers: you get monkeys whatever fees you pay

When it comes to fund managers, the adage that “if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys” is broken, says Matthew Lynn – you get monkeys whatever you pay.

Neil Woodford’s failure isn’t just about his incompetence – it’s about much more than that

Neil Woodford’s failure isn’t just a result of poor performance, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s down to a failure of governance and the very structure of the fund itself.

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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.