Moneywise's First 50 Funds for beginners

When you start investing, choosing from thousands of funds can seem daunting.

To make your choice easier, Moneywise editor Moira O’Neill has updated her 50 favourite funds for beginners with seven new funds for 2018. Whether you’re looking for passive or active funds, she has options to suit you.

How the Moneywise First 50 Funds works

Moneywise's First 50 Funds for beginners

Find out how Moneywise editor Moira O'Neill picks the Moneywise First 50 Funds.

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First 50 Funds performance tables

When you start investing, choosing from thousands of funds can seem daunting. To make your choice easier, Moneywise has selected our 50 favourite funds for beginners.

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The funds

Moneywise's First 50 Funds - 20 cheap tracker funds to use as core holdings

Index tracker funds are low cost and can be used to build a solid core for your portfolio.

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Moneywise First 50 Funds - 20 active funds to add value

Active funds have the potential to perform better than index trackers, but there is the risk that the fund manager may make the wrong decision.

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Moneywise First 50 Funds - 10 investment trusts for starters

You might feel that investment trusts are not for you, as they are traded like stocks and shares on the London Stock Exchange, and therefore their prices can go up and down depending on investor sentiment.

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Create portfolios from the First 50 Funds

Turn First 50 Funds into a potent portfolio

When putting together a portfolio of funds, the easiest way to think about combining these is through the ‘core and satellite’ approach.

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Easy tracker fund portfolios for 2018 and beyond

We explain how beginner investors can use the tracker funds in Moneywise’s First 50 Funds to build simple, low-maintenance portfolios

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Our guide to the best investment platforms for beginners

Fail to pick the right platform and you could see your investment savings eaten away by admin fees, trading charges and exit penalties

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First 50 fund manager interviews

First 50 Funds Interview: Matthew Brett of Baillie Gifford Japanese

Matthew Brett gives Moneywise’s Helen Knapman the lowdown on his fund, Baillie Gifford Japanese, one of our First 50 funds for beginner investors

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First 50 Funds interview: Fundsmith Equity’s Terry Smith

Terry Smith gives Moneywise the lowdown on Fundsmith Equity - a Moneywise First 50 Fund for beginner investors, and discusses his...

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First 50 Funds Interview: Royal London Sustainable World Trust Mike Fox

Mike Fox, manager of Royal London Sustainable World Trust, gives Moneywise’s Helen Knapman the lowdown on his fund – a new addition to our First 50 Funds list for beginner investors.

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First 50 Funds Interview: Old Mutual UK Mid Cap Richard Watts

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets Richard Watts, the manager of Old Mutual UK Mid Cap, a First 50 fund for beginner investors

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First 50 Funds Interview: Rathbone's Noelle Cazalis

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman gets the lowdown on a new entrant to the First 50 Funds list for beginner investors – Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund – from its assistant manager Noelle Cazalis

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First 50 Funds Interview: iShares' Pollyanna Harper

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman gets the lowdown on iShares from head of iShares UK intermediary sales at BlackRock, Pollyanna Harper.

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First 50 Funds Interview: Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders David Gait & Sashi Reddy

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman talks to David Gait (pictured above) and Sashi Reddy, fund managers of First 50 Fund Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders.

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First 50 Funds Interview: MI Chelverton UK Equity Income David Taylor

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets David Taylor, co-manager of MI Chelverton UK Equity Income – a First 50 Fund and winner of our

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First 50 Funds Interview: Peter Ewins, F&C Global Smaller Companies Trust

Fund manager Peter Ewins gives Moneywise’s Helen Knapman the lowdown on F&C Global Smaller Companies Trust –

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First 50 Funds Interview: Michael Morris, Picton Property Income Trust

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets Michael Morris, chief executive of Picton Property Income trust – a Moneywise...

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First 50 Funds Interview: Anthony Cross, Liontrust Special Situations

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets fund manager Anthony Cross to get the lowdown on Liontrust Special Situations, a member of...

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First 50 Funds Interview: Hugh Yarrow of Evenlode Income

Hugh Yarrow, manager of Evenlode Income, gives Moneywise’s Helen Knapman the lowdown on his fund, which is a recent addition to Moneywise’s First 50 Funds for novice investors

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Interview: Rory Powe of Man GLG Continental European Growth

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets Rory Powe, fund manager of a new addition to the Moneywise First 50 Funds list, the Man GLG Continental European Growth fund. 

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Interview: Rebecca McVittie of Fidelity Emerging Markets

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman speaks to Rebecca McVittie, investment director of the Fidelity Emerging Markets Fund, to find out why investors should consider emerging markets.

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Interview: Job Curtis, manager of City of London Investment Trust

Beginner investors have been given a helping hand with the launch of Moneywise’s handpicked First 50 Funds list. To guide you...

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Interview: Jacob de Tusch-Lec, manager of Artemis Global Income

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets Jacob de Tusch-Lec, fund manager of Artemis Global Income – one of our First 50 Funds for beginners.

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Interview: Jeff Atherton and Adrian Edwards of Man GLG Japan CoreAlpha

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman meets Jeff Atherton and Adrian Edwards to uncover more about Man GLG Japan CoreAlpha – a fund that invests in large Japanese companies, and one of our

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Interview: Neil Hermon, manager of Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman delves into the details of the Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust – one of our First 50 Funds for...

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First 50 Funds: Marlborough UK Micro-Cap Growth

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman gets the lowdown on investing in small companies from Giles Hargreave and Guy Feld, co-managers of First 50...

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Moneywise First 50 Funds: Kames Absolute Return Bond Fund

Moneywise’s Helen Knapman speaks to Colin Finlayson, manager of the Kames Absolute Return Bond Fund to find out why investors should still consider this ‘safe haven’ asset.

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Moneywise First 50 Funds: Murray International Trust

Bruce Stout, manager of Murray International Trust – the highest performer of our

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Moneywise First 50 Funds: Henderson UK Property Fund

Ainslie McLennan, manager of the Henderson UK Property Fund – one of our First 50 Funds for beginners – gives Moneywise’s Helen...

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Moneywise First 50 funds: Vanguard

Nine of the 20 passive funds Moneywise handpicked for its First 50 Funds list are from one company: Vanguard.

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Regular updates

Moneywise First 50 update: Woodford fund names tweaked but investments remain the same

Eagle-eyed investors might have noticed a minor change to the names of two of celebrated fund manager Neil Woodford’s funds.

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First 50 update: 'People shouldn’t worry too much about politics' says Witan

Investors concerned about the current UK and global political climate shouldn’t consume themselves with worry, according to the chief executive of Witan Investment Trust – a

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First 50 Fund update: ‘Investor uncertainty’ is biggest challenge for Henderson UK Property

Uncertainty from investors amid a backdrop of Brexit negotiations is the biggest challenge in 2018 for Henderson UK Property, its co-manager Ainslie McLennan told Moneywise.

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Moneywise First 50 Fund manager Nick Train: 'Why Unilever is still exciting'

Unilever, the global consumer goods giant should continue to excite its shareholders, according to Nick Train, manager of the

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First 50 Fund update: Brexit to ‘strongly influence’ outlook for UK property investing

Investors looking to diversify their portfolio by investing in UK commercial property should be aware that Brexit negotiations will “strongly influence” the outlook, according to the manager of

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First 50 Funds: AXA Framlington UK Select Opps adds to companies that can benefit from Trump stimulus

Nigel Thomas, fund manager of AXA Framlington UK Select Opportunities, says that he’s not worried about 1970s-style high inflation but is preparing for the impact of changes in consumer preferences.

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First 50 Funds: 47th dividend rise for F&C Global Smaller Companies

Investors who hold F&C Global Smaller Companies will be pleased to hear the investment trust has today...

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First 50 Funds update: Vanguard cuts its fund charges

Passive investment company Vanguard has cut the fund charges on five of its Life Strategy tracker funds – three of which are among our First 50 Fund picks for beginners.

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Moneywise First 50 Funds: Trackers beat actives in 2016

The tracker funds selected for Moneywise’s First 50 Funds list for beginner investors beat the performance of the active funds on the same list during 2016.

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Moneywise's First 50 Funds dominate December's 10 most-bought funds

Fundsmith Equity, one of Moneywise's First 50 Funds, took the top position in the list of most-bought funds on Moneywise's sister website Interactive Investor for the ninth consecutive month.

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First 50 Funds update: One third of Britain's best-performing funds are core funds

Nine of the UK’s 25 best-performing funds – and three of Moneywise’s top 50 First Funds for beginner investors – are “core funds”, according to new research from TD Direct Investing.

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First 50 Funds update: M&G Property fund re-opens for business

The M&G Property Portfolio, which is one of Moneywise’s First 50 Funds for beginners has become the latest commercial...

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