- 28th Sep 2015
What fund ratings can’t tell you
If you don’t know where to invest your money, just a little time spent on the internet will provide you with plenty of investment material to trawl through. And, while it might be a good initial source, the sheer quantity available can be daunting and won’t necessarily give you the answers you need when trying to choose investments. So, how do you know which information to use and which to avoid at all costs? And, most importantly, how do you know if an investment is not just right, but the right one for you?
The fund universe
If you’re investing a sum of money, there’s a good chance you’ll be putting at least some of it into a fund; whether you choose a fund directly or invest in a portfolio that uses a number of funds. There are thousands of different funds available to investors, with a multitude of variables, and knowing which ones to pick can be an impossible task.
To make things easier, lots of companies compile ‘best buy’ lists and ranking systems so you can whittle the thousands down. But while this might seem like a very helpful exercise, it isn’t always the helping hand it initially seems.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is that we’re not all alike, and we don’t all have the same financial circumstances. The right fund for one person may well be the wrong one for someone else. Or investing might just not be appropriate at all. Everyone is different and it’s important that any portfolio is suitable for each individual’s circumstances and preferences.
A certain fund could rank as the best European equity fund on the market, but if you’re circumstances don’t warrant investing money in European equity then it’s quite redundant. And it’s precisely this kind of questions that fund ratings and best buy tables can’t answer.
Essentially, with funds – and investing in general – it comes down to risk, and how much you can and need to take. If you already hold investments, adding a new fund could have the impact of diversifying your portfolio further – and thus negating risk – or it could be ‘another egg in the same basket’ scenario and enhance your overall risk level.
Managed for you
Seeking advice and having your portfolio managed by an investment team can mean a couple of things – you save yourself a lot of time and you gain a lot of investment expertise. Your investments are chosen for you, and done so with risk levels and performance in mind.
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