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.

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.

A smoother ride in emerging markets

Terry Smith’s trust should come into its own during bear markets, says Max King.

The ultimate portfolio for the hands-off investor

Successful active investing takes a lot of work – and even then, it’s difficult to beat the market. The answer? Be as passive as possible, says former hedge-fund manager Lars Kroijer.

Plug into the future of energy

David Stevenson explains how to generate an income by investing in the backbone of the new energy economy.

Who can investors trust?

From cryptocurrencies to Facebook, trust is in short supply. If you want a fund to buy and abandon, who can you trust to be around long enough?

Investors' patience wears thin for Neil Woodford

The star manager’s tactic of throwing a lot of mud at the wall and hoping some will stick hasn’t worked, says Max King.

The star fund managers who fell to earth

Neil Woodford’s reputation as Britain’s top fund manager has taken a few recent hits. Sarah Moore looks at what lessons investors can learn from his misfortunes.

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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.