With the third quarter of 2018 at an end, data from FE Analytics shows a dramatic change in the constituents of the top 50 best performing funds over the three quarters of 2018 to date, compared with the last three quarters of 2017. From April to December 2017, not one IA North America fund made the top 50, or even the top 100. In a huge turnaround, this year to date IA North America accounted for 46% of the top 50 best performing funds and 45% of the top 100 funds.
FE is delighted to have won the 'Best Fund Ratings and Research Service' and 'Best Investment Research Site' award at the Investment Week Investment Research Awards 2018 last night.
FE is delighted to have won the 'Leading funds data provider' award at the Schroders UK Platform Awards last night.
The collapse of Lehman Brothers on 15th September 2008 was a key milestone in the global financial crisis, teaching investors a painful lesson that nothing is too big to fail. It also provided opportunities; to buy stocks at the bottom and to benefit from what we now know to be the longest bull market run in history. So, which were the best performing sectors and funds in the decade since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and why? Here, FE’s research manager, Charles Younes, takes a look at the FE data.
With a ‘no deal’ Brexit looking to be a strong possibility, investors are likely feeling anxious about how to position their portfolios. In light of this, we have used FE’s unique Market Intel (MI) tool to see which Investment Association (IA) funds and sectors advisers have been researching recently, as well as the period leading up to the referendum and the two years since (July 2015 to July 2018).
LONDON, 06 AUGUST 2018: Cazenove Capital, Openwork, Parmenion and Sarasin are the latest model portfolio providers to join FE Transmission, the service which enables advisers to access underlying portfolio data and conduct detailed analysis on the providers they work with.
Charles Younes, FE research manager
In May, the Bank of England was poised to raise interest rates but decided to hold off at the last moment after a slew of disappointing data. During an April interview with the BBC, Carney reset the expectations for UK Gilts investors, as he was “conscious that there are other meetings over the course of this year.”
- Blackrock (iShares) tops groups table
LONDON, 1 AUGUST 2018: FE, the leading UK investment ratings and research agency, today announced that almost half (46%) of UK Gilts funds and a third of both North American Equities (31%) and Emerging Market Equities (30%) funds achieved the highly-prized five FE Passive Crown Rating at the latest rebalance, whilst no Index-linked Gilts or Sterling Corporate Bond funds achieved the top accolade for a second rebalance in a row.
- 40.5% of IA China and IA Asia Pacific ex Japan Funds are 4 or 5 FE Crown rated
- BlackRock and Schroders share top group spot
With the World Cup underway, pundits have been tipping many European teams such as Germany, Belgium, France and Spain as favourites, whilst expectations for the UK’s only qualifier - England – are much more modest. Here, we take a look at how this dominance of European teams mirrors the current investment landscape.