Andrew Pitts

Rated Funds mid-year review: top performers

Stunning returns have been made by a large cohort of Money Observer’s Rated Funds since we revealed the 2019 members at the end of January.

Our specialist gold selection tops the performance charts (see below), but in a period when markets at large regained their mojo after the bitter disappointments of 2018, it is group of overtly equity growth-oriented US and global selections that have made the most money for investors – with gains of 20% or more recorded by 28 Rated Funds.

The best performing Rated Funds in the first quarter of 2019

By and large, the first three months of 2019 have been very positive for investors in our 2019 Rated Funds. These are split into 15 easy-to-understand asset groups and are comprised of 201 actively managed funds and investment trusts, plus a further 66 passive index-tracking funds.

The Rated Funds that have been placed under ‘performance watch’

Under review

JPMorgan Global Growth & Income IT

Jeroen Huysinga is leaving the fund management industry to pursue a career in the charitable sector. Huysinga was the sole manager on this global equity income trust from September 2008 until August 2017, when he was joined by Timothy Woodhouse as co-manager.

Investors don’t need to leave their home market to find value

A decade ago, in early March 2009, the stockmarket equivalent of blood on the streets was in full flow. Hindsight shows it was a very good time to buy bonds or equities, not to mention real assets such as property and infrastructure. It was the nadir of the global financial crisis and, bar a few bumps on the way, stockmarkets of developed countries have not looked back, particularly in the US, where the benchmark S&P 500 index has gained in excess of 400% in sterling-adjusted terms.