The best investment funds run by the best fund managers

Our pick of the best investments: every fund featured in Citywire Selection or run by a Citywire rated manager.

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Citywire Selection:

There are thousands of investment funds, ETFs and investment trusts available to UK investors. Our independent analysts have whittled them down to a list of the very best.

More about Citywire Selection

If you're not sure where to start, our Star Picks page rounds up the funds we think will do best in the year ahead.

Citywire Fund Manager Ratings:

Uniquely, we rate fund managers rather than funds. We believe the most important factor in investment decisions is how good the fund manager is. Fewer than 5% of UK managers receive the coveted Citywire AAA rating.

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Glossary

  • Fund

    A way for individual investors to pool their money together, allowing them to invest in assets that would otherwise be unobtainable. Generally refers to unit trusts, though investment trusts and exchange traded funds are also forms of 'collective investment'

  • Unit trust

    The most common type of fund, so called because you buy 'units' of the fund. (The Yanks call them 'mutual funds', and you may hear of 'Oeics' – they're basically the same thing.) They are 'open ended' in that there is no limit to the size of the fund – units are created or destroyed to meet investor demand

  • Investment trust

    The oldest form of collective investment, these are traded like shares on the London Stock Exchange. Unlike unit trusts, they are 'closed ended' so you can only buy shares from an existing investor. This means the price of the investment trust is not tied directly to the value of the trust's assets

  • Exchange traded fund (ETF)

    A relatively recent addition to the investor's toolbox, ETFs track the value of an index (such as the FTSE 100, or the price of gold) relatively cheaply. They are traded as shares on the London Stock Exchange

  • Fund Manager

    The person who decides where the fund's money should be invested. As such, finding a talented manager (such as those with a Citywire rating) is of paramount importance.

  • Return

    A measure of how your investments have performed, relative to your initial investment. For example if you invest £1,000 in a fund, and a year later your investment is worth £1,100, you've made a 10% return.

  • Sector

    Funds are grouped together into sectors, allowing fund managers to be judged against their benchmarks and peer group. Each sector has rules about what assets funds are allowed to invest in.

  • Benchmark

    A measure of how different areas of the markets are performing, against which funds can be compared. For example, a fund in the UK Equities sector might be compared against the FTSE All-Share index of every company traded on the London Stock Exchange. A good fund manager will be able to beat the benchmark most of the time, but very few can.

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