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Giant funds of the future By Joshua Ausden 02-Sep-2014 08:00 AM
In the first of a new series, FE Trustnet highlights funds with the potential to become industry leaders in the coming years.

Which group has the best range of funds across the board? By Joshua Ausden 22-Aug-2014 01:00 PM
Invesco Perpetual was dealt a heavy blow when Neil Woodford handed in his resignation in October last year, but strength in depth has helped them weather the storm.

Emerging markets are rallying: So is it time to invest or sell? By Joshua Ausden 21-Aug-2014 06:00 PM
The asset class has shrugged off an awful 2013 and delivered strong returns this year, but experts question whether investors should jump on the band wagon.

Return of the bears: Tulloch, Stout, Wood & co back to winning ways in 2014 By Joshua Ausden 21-Aug-2014 11:00 AM
Defensive managers with a constant eye on downside protection often go through bursts of underperformance – but their strategy proves to be spot-on time and time again.

FTSE trackers outperform in 2014 – but some by more than others By Joshua Ausden 19-Aug-2014 01:30 PM
Investors would have been better off being in passive funds than the average active UK fund this year, but the range of returns is stark even only over a short period.

Are these “expensive” funds worth the extra cost? By Joshua Ausden 18-Aug-2014 11:00 AM
FE Trustnet highlights a selection of funds that have justified their above-average ongoing charges figures (OCFs) in recent years.

Luthman: Why I’m expecting a bull market if Cameron gets a majority By Joshua Ausden 16-Aug-2014 02:00 PM
The FE Alpha Manager highlights three reasons why he is bullish on UK equities for the coming years, though says another coalition could put the brakes on any rise.

Life after Woodford: How Invesco’s “other funds” have fared By Joshua Ausden 15-Aug-2014 08:00 AM
FE Trustnet looks at how Neil Woodford’s departure has affected Invesco Perpetual Distribution, Monthly Income Plus and the Edinburgh IT.

Failing funds: Who hasn't beaten cash over the past decade? By Joshua Ausden 13-Aug-2014 07:15 PM
Investors would have been much better off taking no risk and sitting on cash instead of investing in a number of underperforming funds.

The funds that make money in downturns – but probably won’t next time around By Joshua Ausden 12-Aug-2014 04:45 PM
Tilney Bestinvest’s Jason Hollands thinks cautious investors with a high allocation to UK government bonds could be exposing themselves to big risks in a rising interest-rate environment.

Best of both worlds: The top-performing funds without the volatility By Joshua Ausden 11-Aug-2014 07:00 PM
FE Trustnet identifies the funds that are defying gravity and posting strong returns with less volatility than traditional low-risk investments such as UK government bonds over the market cycle.

The case for investment trusts in the new £15,000 ISA By Joshua Ausden 09-Aug-2014 07:00 AM
With the new ISA now up and running, FE Trustnet looks at ways investors can make the most of their £15,000 tax free-allowance with investment trusts.

Cheap funds, market corrections and Harry Nimmo: Our best stories of the week By Joshua Ausden 08-Aug-2014 04:30 PM
The FE Trustnet team round up their favourite articles of the week, including a warning over giant bond funds and Harry Nimmo’s explanation for a terrible 2014 for Standard Life UK Smaller Companies.

Mass inflows boost Barnett’s Invesco Perpetual UK Strategic Income fund By Joshua Ausden 08-Aug-2014 01:00 PM
All the talk has been around the redemptions from Invesco Perpetual Income and High Income, but a number of the firm’s other funds have performed well in the sales stakes.

Five cheap funds to give your portfolio an extra kick By Joshua Ausden 07-Aug-2014 11:15 AM
FE Trustnet highlights some of the cheaper specialist funds to sit alongside a core portfolio.

“Best-performing trust over five years” in buying opportunity By Joshua Ausden 05-Aug-2014 06:00 PM
The death of former FE Alpha Manager John McClure has dealt a big blow to the Acorn Income trust, but experts say the portfolio is in capable hands.

Equities the only place worth investing in, says M&G’s Lonergan By Joshua Ausden 05-Aug-2014 03:15 PM
The multi-asset manager warns the outlook for fixed interest is “quite dangerous” and also worries about valuations across alternative asset classes such as property.

Five cheap funds for core equity exposure By Joshua Ausden 04-Aug-2014 07:00 PM
With clean ongoing charges now the norm for investors, FE Trustnet highlights a selection of cheap, highly-rated vehicles that cover all the major global markets.

Five funds ready to replace annuities By Joshua Ausden 01-Aug-2014 05:15 PM
Multi-asset income funds are seen by some industry experts as a possible growth area in the UK in light of the changes to pensions this year.

Why rising interest rates don’t mean bonds will lose you money By Joshua Ausden 01-Aug-2014 03:00 PM
The imminent raising of rates is seen by many as the final nail in the coffin of the 30-year bull market in bonds, but experts say investors will still be able to make money from them.

Gleeson: Invesco’s flagship income funds are back on track By Joshua Ausden 30-Jul-2014 08:00 AM
It’s been a very difficult period for two of the UK’s best-known and most popular open-ended funds, but the head of FE Research thinks there will be calmer times ahead.

I won’t merge Invesco UK Strategic Income with flagship funds, says Barnett By Joshua Ausden 29-Jul-2014 11:00 AM
Many commentators expect the firm to merge the FE Alpha Manager’s three equity income funds, but Barnett says he has absolutely no intention of doing so.

Mark Barnett: How I’ve been re-shaping Invesco Perpetual High Income By Joshua Ausden 29-Jul-2014 08:00 AM
The FE Alpha Manager explains exclusively to FE Trustnet how he has been changing the £12.9bn portfolio since taking it over from Neil Woodford in March.

The funds benefiting from the rallying UK banks By Joshua Ausden 27-Jul-2014 01:00 PM
UK retail banks were among the worst performers during the financial crisis, but things are looking up for the sector if today’s reports are anything to go by.

Buffett, Buxton and best-selling funds: FE Trustnet’s best stories of the week By Joshua Ausden 25-Jul-2014 05:00 PM
The FE Trustnet team round up their favourite articles of the week, including studies reviewing Square Mile’s recommended fund-list and an interview with Old Mutual’s head of UK equities.

UK Equity Income funds “at a significant disadvantage” to trusts By Joshua Ausden 24-Jul-2014 05:45 PM
The strength of the pound is hitting dividends, and JPM’s William Meadon says only investors in closed-ended funds can realistically expect payouts to increase.

Invesco Perpetual: Why there’s no need to fear a severe market correction By Joshua Ausden 24-Jul-2014 08:00 AM
A number of managers at the group including FE Alpha Manager Mark Barnett are cautiously positioned, but its chief economist has shrugged off fears that we are in the midst of another credit bubble.

Square Mile: Why M&G Optimal Income & co don’t have a max buy-rating By Joshua Ausden 22-Jul-2014 08:00 PM
The list of 22 AAA-rated funds includes some of the largest and highest profile in the industry, but there is no place for Richard Woolnough’s multi-billion pound bond portfolios.

Numis tips top-performing UK Equity Income trust that’s still on a discount By Joshua Ausden 21-Jul-2014 06:00 PM
William Meadon accepts that his trust will seldom shoot the lights out, but points out he provides investors with a core large cap portfolio with a sustainable and growing dividend.

Dampier: Fund managers are shunning Neil Woodford for the sake of it By Joshua Ausden 21-Jul-2014 12:00 PM
Although Neil Woodford has proved very popular with retail investors and pension funds, he has been underrepresented in funds of funds.

The star managers you can still access through trusts By Joshua Ausden 17-Jul-2014 03:30 PM
Mass inflows have led to a number of top-performing open-ended funds closing to new money, but it is still possible to get exposure to their managers via their closed-ended products.

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