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Top 10 most popular funds - August 2018

The continuing appeal of one-stop-shop investment solutions is all too clear in the latest list of most-bought funds from interactive investor.

Three of the 10 most popular funds are from the low-cost Vanguard LifeStrategy strategy of ready-made investment portfolios, up from two last month. The combination of fees at just 0.22 per cent and ii’s flat fee structure makes them an attractive option.

How Money Observer’s 2018 fund awards are won

July 13, 2018

Contenders

Funds, including off­shore-domiciled funds, must be members of an Investment Association (IA) sector and offer a ster­ling or hedged to sterling share class. All charity, exempt, institutional and private funds are excluded, as are all passive index-tracking funds.

Investing in a country-specific fund – the risks and rewards

Scottish American Investment Company was founded by William Menzies in the 1870s, after a series of visits to the US left him impressed by the wealth and opportunities the rapidly industrialising country presented. Being the most exciting emerging market of its day, America, it was hoped, would provide strong returns for investors in the UK.

Which are the most successful funds since Brexit vote?

In the two years since the Brexit vote, small companies have been the most profitable place to invest within the UK economy.

While the FTSE 100 index returned 31.4 per cent over that time period, the FTSE Small Cap index managed 38.3 per cent.

Sector Watch: Investors are piling into tech shares and funds

Despite regulatory concerns, the US tech sector has seen some of the strongest performance in the month of May.

According to data from FE Trustnet, among Investment Association fund sectors, Technology and Communications posted the second-best performance in May, with the sector returning investors 7.84 per cent.