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.

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.

What makes a good active fund and where you can find them

Closet tracker funds are dying as investors plump for passive funds or well-managed active funds. Here, we pick some of the best active funds to buy for today’s markets.

An easy way on to three bandwagons

Thematic funds are the hot new thing in the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). David Stevenson tips three to snap up now.

Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream

Ethical and sustainable investing is no longer simply about ditching cigarettes or saving trees. Investors are increasingly concerned about better returns and lower risks, says Sarah Moore.

Infrastructure: a reassuringly boring source of income

Income investors have poured money into infrastructure funds in the last few years, lured by yields of 4%-7% backed by government spending. David Stevenson picks a high-quality example for his income portfolio.

A defensive contrarian investment trust to add to your watch list

John Stepek picks a defensive, well-diversified investment trust that should be able to ride out a market storm better than most.

Get cheap, reliable growth from smaller companies

One of the most reliable long-term investment trends is the long-term outperformance of smaller companies over blue chips. Max King picks some of the best ways to buy into this growth.

Back Europe with these small-cap trusts

European companies had a great year in 2017, and there’s more to come. Max King tips two small-cap trusts to profit.

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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.