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.

Forget the gimmicks – it's trust we need

Trust in the financial services sector is already low, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Let’s not make it worse with bells and whistles.

Invesco is making a mockery of shareholder democracy

Invesco’s bullying of an investment trust is an outrageous example of fund management arrogance, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Energy fund experts have failed investors - look elsewhere

There are plenty of positive signs for the energy sector, says Max King, even if its long-term future is one of declining output. But specialist energy fund managers are asleep at the wheel.

Three exciting new ETFs

These new exchange-traded funds give you the opportunity to invest in some interesting sectors.

Women at the top: a new fund betting on the link between gender diversity and higher returns

Matthew Partridge talks to Helena Morrissey about how her new fund hopes to capitalise on companies with women well represented in top positions.

Profit from mining euphoria

The BlackRock World Mining Trust has been on a roller-coaster ride, but is recovering well, says Max King.

One area of financial markets where ETFs could prove very disruptive

Some people argue that ETFs undermine the structure of the stockmarket. That’s not really true, says John Stepek. But they could spark trouble in another area of the markets.

Bond ETFs get active

A new type of exchange-traded fund will provide a useful way for bond investors to mitigate risk, says David Stevenson.

Price is everything when it comes to investing

The biggest driver of long-term returns is the price you pay when you buy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A very simple investment tip that you should never forget

Active-fund managers are fighting back against the rise of cheap index-trackers. But there’s one vital thing to remember when investing, says John Stepek: costs matter.

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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.
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