Funds

The latest fund launches, manager moves and research into investment companies

British Smaller Companies VCTs share offer holds 'considerable interest'

British Smaller Companies VCTs share offer holds 'considerable interest'

29 Oct 2014

The latest issuance of new shares by the two British Smaller Companies venture capital trusts (VCTs) should interest both income and growth-oriented investors, according to Jason Hollands, managing director at Bestinvest.

Hargreaves Lansdown: The best income funds for investors today

Hargreaves Lansdown: The best income funds for investors today

29 Oct 2014

Richard Troue, head of investment analysis at Hargreaves Lansdown, has revealed the three income funds that he favours for private investors whose priority is income. 

Morrisons is 'the one UK supermarket worth investing in right now'

Morrisons is 'the one UK supermarket worth investing in right now'

27 Oct 2014

George Godber, who has returned 25 per cent since April 2013 as manager of the Miton UK Value Opportunities fund, compared to just 9 per cent for the average manager in the IMA UK All Companies sector, has disclosed to What Investment that he has recently invested in supermarket group Morrisons (LON:MRW).

Harry Nimmo: the UK smaller companies I've been buying and selling this month

Harry Nimmo: the UK smaller companies I've been buying and selling this month

27 Oct 2014

Harry Nimmo, whose £1.15 billion Standard Life Investments UK Smaller Companies fund has returned more than double the sector average since launch in 1997, has begun buying healthcare stocks while ditching a number of long-standing holdings.

UK financial services companies are a 'tremendous investment', says star fund manager

UK financial services companies are a 'tremendous investment', says star fund manager

24 Oct 2014

Jamie Seaton, manager of the GVO UK Focus fund, which has returned 103 per cent in the past five years compared to 53 per cent for the average fund in the IMA UK All Companies sector, believes that investors should look to companies in the financial services sector to find value. 

Mark Slater: I regret buying Quindell shares, even though I made a huge profit

Mark Slater: I regret buying Quindell shares, even though I made a huge profit

23 Oct 2014

Mark Slater, whose MFM Slater Growth Fund is the absolute top performing fund out of 275 funds in the IMA UK All Companies sector over one and five years, has told What Investment that while he has made startling profits on Quindell (LON:QPP) shares, ‘in some ways I regret ever having made the investment'.

Bruce Stout: Threat of recession in US and UK looms large

Bruce Stout: Threat of recession in US and UK looms large

22 Oct 2014

Bruce Stout, manager of the £1.2 billion Murray International (LON:MYI) investment trust, believes that weaker than expected global economic data, disappointing corporate earnings and likely interest rate rises means that ‘the risks of tipping fragile economic recovery into recession loom large on the horizon'.

New Puma VCT offers 'downside protection' for investors

New Puma VCT offers 'downside protection' for investors

22 Oct 2014

A new limited-life venture capital trust (VCT) from Puma aims to offer investors ‘downside protection’ by allocating capital to investments that are backed by physical assets.

Nick Train: Stock market correction is 'disagreeable' but investors should continue to buy 

Nick Train: Stock market correction is 'disagreeable' but investors should continue to buy 

20 Oct 2014

Nick Train, whose Finsbury Growth & Income Trust has returned 490 per cent compared with 252 per cent for the average fund in the AIC UK Equity Income sector since 1995, believes that investors ‘should keep buying the dips’ in the market, despite the recent falls. 

Neil Woodford: The current stock market correction is 'entirely rational', but the worst may be over

Neil Woodford: The current stock market correction is 'entirely rational', but the worst may be over

20 Oct 2014

High-profile fund manager Neil Woodford, who runs the absolute top-performing fund out of 89 funds in the IMA UK Equity Income sector since its launch in June, believes that the current correction in the value of the UK stock market was inevitable as investors realised that ‘the global economy faces an uncertain future’.

Analysts downgrade Henderson funds as manager quits

Analysts downgrade Henderson funds as manager quits

15 Oct 2014

The decision of veteran fund manager Richard Pease to resign from Henderson Global Investors has caused analysts to downgrade their outlook for the European equity funds he previously managed.

Top UK income fund buys Telecom Plus to profit from 'government initiatives' in the energy sector

Top UK income fund buys Telecom Plus to profit from 'government initiatives' in the energy sector

10 Oct 2014

Frazer McKersie, co-manager of the Unicorn UK Income fund, which is the absolute top-performing fund in the IMA UK Equity Income sector over two and five years, has confirmed that he has recently begun investing in utility provider Telecom Plus. 

Neil Woodford's heir, Mark Barnett: The two IPOs I have bought this year

Neil Woodford's heir, Mark Barnett: The two IPOs I have bought this year

8 Oct 2014

Mark Barnett, who succeeded Neil Woodford as manager of the giant Invesco Perpetual Income and High Income funds in March, has bought two IPOs this year, both of which are mid-cap companies. 

Rathbones: The best funds for investing in Japan

Rathbones: The best funds for investing in Japan

6 Oct 2014

David Coombs, head of multi-asset investments at Rathbone Unit Trust Management has outlined the funds he believes are best for investing in Japan at the present time.

Top-performing Hargreave Hale AIM VCTs issue new shares

Top-performing Hargreave Hale AIM VCTs issue new shares

6 Oct 2014

High profile fund manager Giles Hargreave is to raise more capital for investment in two of his venture capital trust (VCT) products.

Schroder UK Opportunities fund halves in size in eight months

Schroder UK Opportunities fund halves in size in eight months

3 Oct 2014

The Schroders UK Opportunities fund has halved in size since March, shrinking from £2.85 billion to £1.35 billion, with outflows accelerating since manager Julie Dean quit last month.