The top 50 funds to invest in now

Published by Philip Scott on 30 July 2015.
Last updated on 30 July 2015

The top 50 funds to invest in now

Given the prolonged period of ultra-low interest rates, more Britons than ever before are piling into the stockmarket. According to trade body, the Investment Association, collectively we now have £899 billion invested in funds - pooled investment schemes sometimes referred to as unit trusts or OEICs.

But investing can be a tricky business, given the plethora of products on offer. In addition, investing is also a long-term business and there will be ups and downs, so patience is key. While there is no shortage of funds to choose from, finding fund managers who can deliver consistently is another matter.

Rob Gleeson, head of FE Research, a fund analyst, explains: "Generally, the most consistent managers are the ones with a strong core strategy. While they will have ups and downs across the business cycle, over multiple cycles they offer relatively stable returns."

To give you an idea of where you might want to squirrel away some cash, we've picked out 50 fund choices, as recommended by some of the UK's top fund-pickers. Our panel includes: Darius McDermott, managing director of brokers Chelsea Financial Services; Mark Dampier, head of research at Hargreaves Lansdown; Gavin Haynes, managing director of Whitechurch Securities; and Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at Axa Wealth.

1-9: EQUITY FUNDS - UK AND EUROPE

10-27: EQUITY FUNDS - REST OF THE WORLD

28-30: BONDS - UK GILTS

31&32: BONDS - HIGH YIELD

33-35: BONDS - CORPORATE BONDS

36&37: BONDS - GLOBAL BONDS

38-40: BONDS - STRATEGIC BONDS

41-43: OTHER FUNDS - PROPERTY

44-46: OTHER FUNDS - MULTI/MIXED ASSETS

47&48: OTHER FUNDS - SPECIALIST

49&50: OTHER FUNDS - TARGETED ABSOLUTE RETURN

 

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