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Focus on Funds Magazine

Focus on Funds, brought to you by DIY Investor Magazine, is a publication dedicated to active investment management – unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts.

Focus on Funds, brought to you by DIY Investor Magazine, is a publication dedicated to active investment management – unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts.

  • How revolutionary is the 5G evolution?

    The fifth generation of wireless networks promises to provide users with better responsiveness, greater bandwidth and faster download speeds.

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  • A new dawn for Asian markets

    Asia is still home to fast-growing economies, an emergent middle class and innovative companies. However, there are important differences, with far greater discipline among governments and the corporate sector, stronger governance and a professionalisation of financial markets.

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  • Having bond exposure in a world of uncertainty

    When economic growth is looking fragile and uncertainty creeps into equity markets, having the flexibility to diversify your exposure to different asset classes can be beneficial – particularly for income-seeking investors.

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  • What is an OEIC?

    An Open Ended Investment Company (OEIC) is broadly similar to a unit trust in that it is an open ended collective investment that expands and contracts the number of units in circulation.

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  • The cup and ball trick in bonds

    Whilst our institutions seek to hold risk free assets, they are distracted from seeing another risk and that is one of interest rate risk.

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  • There’s still plenty of life in retail parks

    The internet has transformed our shopping habits. Today, with almost anything deliverable to our doors, convenience is king.

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  • Why multi asset for income?

    A multi asset strategy is one way to seek income and capital growth as well as potentially minimising the ups and downs of market volatility.

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  • Making the case for alternatives in uncertain times

    The benefits of alternatives are widely catalogued, including a lower correlation to stocks and bonds, reduced portfolio volatility, limited duration risk and an alternative source of alpha and income.

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  • Banking on diversification

    As we start 2019 there are plenty of reasons for investors to be cautious, as ever, but more often than not the situation turns out less gloomy than we are led to believe.

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  • Ignore the noise: UK dividends should be prized

    The Brexit paralysis has weighted heavily on sterling and seen the UK stock market lag its developed market peers.

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  • Large caps driving changes in healthcare

    As well as disruption and innovation coming from smaller, more nimble companies we are now seeing the proactive, larger businesses driving structural change across the healthcare sector.

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  • The case for investing in property through Real Estate Investment Trusts - REITS

    REITs combine a robust and dependable asset class with a structure that offers considerable advantages in management focus, investor income and overall returns; with other asset markets looking increasingly uncertain, it’s an opportunity that investors shouldn’t pass up

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  • Notes from the road - China

    A first-hand insight into the culture, company dynamics and consumer trends experienced during a recent research trip to China.

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  • Mutual funds 101

    Mutual funds are collective investments that pool investors’ money to buy and sell shares or other assets in a range of companies to maximise profits and reduce risks.

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  • How to select a fund

    Selecting a fund or funds can seem overwhelming from the thousands to choose from, so here are some pointers to bear in mind.

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  • Fund Basics: Unit trusts vs OEICs

    Mutual funds not only differ in the sectors or geographical territories they invest in, there are also different ways for them to be structured.

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  • A simple guide to fund pricing

    Mutual funds pool the money of lots of investors to buy a portfolio of investments; the price of these assets fluctuates, as does the size of the fund as investors buy and sell shares.

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  • How to pick the right 'share class'

    Creating a balanced portfolio, or collection of funds, suitable for your appetite for risk, investment objectives and overall view of the world can be very personal and require a bit of elbow grease.

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