Revealed: Best funds for DIY investors

Wondering where to put your money? With thousands of investment options, which funds, ETFs, trusts are the best? Bestinvest has just released it’s best funds list - we have all the details to help you strengthen your portfolio

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Whether you’re looking to add more funds to your portfolio or spruce it up to make it stronger, knowing which fund, trusts and ETFs to opt for can help. But with thousands of options, which ones should you be putting your money into and why?

While Bestinvest is well known for its Spot the Dog report - which flags failing funds to remove from your portfolio  - the investment platform has today released its latest list of best funds to help DIY investors strengthen their portfolios. 

With the help of Evelyn Partners, Bestinvest’s parent company, the platform has put together over a hundred top pick funds including various sectors, active and passive options and funds that have environmental, social and governance considerations.

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Jason Hollands, managing director of Bestinvest, said: “Researching and selecting funds and trusts for an investment portfolio can feel very daunting even for the most dedicated DIY investor. Global challenges such as high inflation, rising interest rates and geopolitical issues can make it harder to pick the right funds that not only suit financial goals but also an individual’s appetite for risk. 

“That’s why our Best Funds List offers DIY investors a snapshot in time of the best funds to invest in across each of the main sectors, helping to narrow down their choices to those we have researched in detail, grilling the managers in person to gauge what makes them tick. “

The list differs from most popular funds that investors are buying, which MoneyWeek reports on each month. 

The best funds report lists 129 investments and  includes 31 listed investment companies and 15 ETFs and ETCs.

It also includes 101 ‘best of breed’ actively managed funds and investments trusts and 25 funds that fall into the ESG category. 

We reveal the funds that made the list and the ones that have been dropped.

The best funds to invest in 

Here are some of the other funds that make the best buy and are worth considering based on various sectors and fund types - though you can find the full list on Bestinvest. 

Best global funds

  •  GuardCap Global Equity
  •  Brown Advisory Global Leaders 

 Best sustainable and ethical funds to invest in 

  •  Guinness Sustainable Energy 
  •  Ninety One Global Environment 
  • Baillie Gifford Responsible Global Equity Income

Best funds to invest in global emerging markets/Asia Pacific 

  •  Schroder ISF Asian Total Return 
  •  Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Sustainability 

 Best funds for UK equities - growth 

  •  Liontrust UK Growth 
  •  Premier Miton UK Growth  
  •  Mercantile Investment Trust 

 Best funds for UK Equities - income 

  •  Murray Income Trust
  • Blackrock UK Income
  • Montanaro UK Income 

Best funds to invest in Japan

  •  Jupiter Japan Income  
  • JPM Japan

 “For an investment to be included on the best funds list, we scour each sector carefully, whether UK Income or Emerging Markets, and when considering actively managed funds we apply a clear set of principles to each investment included in the Best Funds List,” Hollands says. 

Funds dropped from best buy lists 

 These funds have been dropped by Bestinvest this time round. 

  •  Invesco Corporate Bond (UK)
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth
  • Redwheel Global Horizon
  • Morgan Stanley US Advantage
  • Insight High Grade ABS
  • RobecoSAM Smart Materials Equities
  • Fulcrum Diversified Absolute Return
  • JPM Global Macro Opportunities
  • Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust
  • Picton Property Income
  • Syncona Limited
  • Syncona Limited
  • Utilico Emerging Markets
  • Edinburgh Worldwide
  • JPM Global Macro Sustainable

 New best buy funds added 

These are some of the new funds that have made the list since January 2023, when the report was last published.

  •  Schroder Asian Income
  • Schroder Global Sustainable Value Equity
  • Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index
  • Fidelity Index Japan
  • TM Fulcrum Diversified Absolute Return
  • L&G UK MID Cap Index
  • Invesco FTSE RAFI US 1000 ETF
  • iShares £ Ultrashort Bond ETF
  • Fidelity European Trust Ord
  • Monks Investment Trust
  • JPMorgan Global Growth & Income IT Ord
  • JPMorgan Japanese Investment Trust PLC
  • HgCapital Trust

What to think about when choosing a fund 

While a best buy list is great, if you are looking to strengthen your investment portfolios, then there are a number of things you should consider to ensure a fund is right for you.

Make sure you know what your end game is - are you looking for growth,  income or both, for example. How do you feel about risk? What asset allocation do you prefer and how diversified is your portfolio?

If you think your portfolio is probably not in the best possible position, then now could be a good time to take a look at where you are invested, what your goals are and if you are taking the right risk for your goals.

Bestinvest publishes its best funds list twice a year - but it is not static, meaning it will remove or add funds throughout the year. You can download the best funds report at Bestinvest for free.

Kalpana Fitzpatrick

Kalpana is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience in financial journalism. She is also the author of Invest Now: The Simple Guide to Boosting Your Finances (Heligo) and children's money book Get to Know Money (DK Books). 

Her work includes writing for a number of media outlets, from national papers, magazines to books.

She has written for national papers and well-known women’s lifestyle and luxury titles. She was finance editor for Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Red and Prima.

She started her career at the Financial Times group, covering pensions and investments.

As a money expert, Kalpana is a regular guest on TV and radio – appearances include BBC One’s Morning Live, ITV’s Eat Well, Save Well, Sky News and more. She was also the resident money expert for the BBC Money 101 podcast .

Kalpana writes a monthly money column for Ideal Home and a weekly one for Woman magazine, alongside a monthly 'Ask Kalpana' column for Woman magazine.

Kalpana also often speaks at events. She is passionate about helping people be better with their money; her particular passion is to educate more people about getting started with investing the right way and promoting financial education.