Rated Funds 2017

Money Observer's Rated Funds are a mark of quality. They are a range of investment funds and investment trusts presented in easy-to-understand asset class groups. Our aim is to help private investors to pinpoint funds and trusts with consistent returns against a peer group or benchmark, or those which we believe are good choices in the current investment environment.

You can find out more about how funds attained Money Observer Rated Fund status in our methodology and in the video introduction by Rated Funds editor Andrew Pitts. You can find out more about the asset groups and their constituent Rated Funds by clicking on the links below.

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Browse Rated Funds by Grouping
Rated Funds Group
Average 3 Year Perf.
Top Fund 3 Year Perf.
Top Trust 3 Year Perf.
JAPANESE EQUITIES
116.9%150.4%170%
EUROPEAN EQUITIES
105.7%128.1%190.1%
UK SMALL COMPANIES
84.4%143.3%103.7%
GLOBAL GROWTH
80.2%101.6%114.2%
SPECIALIST
73%127.1%137.2%
ASIA EQUITIES
68.1%97.4%116.6%
US EQUITIES
68%96.3%100.7%
UK GROWTH
65.6%100.2%68%
GLOBAL EQUITY INCOME
62.2%66.5%83.4%
MIXED ASSET - HIGHER RISK
47.3%60%60.5%
EMERGING MARKETS
47.1%77.1%62.4%
UK EQUITY INCOME
46.3%67%68.6%
PROPERTY
39.4%45.8%70.8%
MIXED ASSET - LOWER RISK
28.7%41.3%53.2%
STERLING BONDS
21.4%31.4%-
GLOBAL BONDS
20.7%25%23.6%
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Top 10 Performing Rated Funds
Fund & Sector
Rated Funds Group
1 Month Perf.
1 Year Perf.
3 Year Perf.
5 Year Perf.
TR European Gth Tst PLC
IT European Smaller Companies
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EUROPEAN EQUITIES7.7%
1 / 4
64.2%
1 / 4
190.1%
1 / 4
310.2%
1 / 4
Old Mutual UK SmCos Fcus
FO Equity - UK
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UK SMALL COMPANIES2.2%
-
60.3%
-
143.3%
-
233.3%
-
Syncona Limited
IT Flexible Investment
View Factsheet
SPECIALIST13.7%
1 / 15
53.6%
1 / 15
77.6%
3 / 14
-
-
BlkRck Throgmrtn TstPLC
IT UK Smaller Companies
View Factsheet
UK SMALL COMPANIES4.8%
8 / 19
41.7%
3 / 17
101.9%
3 / 15
165.9%
5 / 15
Polar Cap Tech Tst PLC
IT Tech Media & Telecomm
View Factsheet
SPECIALIST9.8%
1 / 2
36.6%
2 / 2
137.2%
2 / 2
184.7%
2 / 2
Monks IT PLC
IT Global
View Factsheet
GLOBAL GROWTH6.9%
5 / 23
36.3%
3 / 23
111%
4 / 23
146.8%
5 / 23
TB Amati UK Sm Cos
UT UK Smaller Companies
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UK SMALL COMPANIES4.9%
11 / 50
35.9%
5 / 49
105.6%
2 / 48
159.2%
6 / 45
BlackRock World Mining IT
IT Commodities & Nat Resources
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SPECIALIST5.8%
3 / 9
35.6%
3 / 9
34.3%
3 / 9
-11.3%
1 / 7
Marlborough UK Micro Cap Gwth
UT UK Smaller Companies
View Factsheet
UK SMALL COMPANIES4.4%
20 / 50
34.6%
6 / 49
82.7%
15 / 48
156.6%
8 / 45
European Assets Trust
IT European Smaller Companies
View Factsheet
EUROPEAN EQUITIES2.3%
4 / 4
34.2%
3 / 4
94.8%
4 / 4
171.9%
3 / 4
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Reviewed 01/03/2016

Rated Funds Update: Funds invested in 'safe haven' assets outperform markets

In our final review of the 2015 Money Observer Rated Fund selection, bond funds dominated the top performers as global equity markets experienced one of their worst ever starts to the year.

Of the five top-performing Rated Funds, three were bond funds; Man GLG Corporate Bond topped the list with a return of 3 per cent over the month to 1 February.

Money Observer's Rated Funds are a collection of funds and trusts compiled from a potential universe of around 3,000 open-ended funds and 400 investment trusts.

Independently selected and reviewed by the Money Observer team in conjunction with Financial Express, our Rated Funds showcase some of the best-performing investment vehicles across a broad range of regions, sectors and asset classes.

BlackRock Gold and General was our third best performer in January, as gold also enjoyed a strong month on equity market volatility, with the fund returning 2.7 per cent.

Over one and three years, however, it remains one of our worst performers, with losses of 25 per cent and 53 per cent respectively.

Among our bottom performers in January, four out of five were investment trusts. However, our worst performer overall was a fund: Axa Framlington Biotech, which lost more than 20 per cent as investors fled from high-risk sectors.

Fidelity China Special Situations trust also suffered badly, with shares shedding 15 per cent as Asian markets plunged.