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F&C Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 536 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£2,710,877,197
BlackRock Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 8 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 245 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£623,909,262
3i Asset Management Ltd Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 4 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 34 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£3,700,193,840
Aberdeen Asset Managers plc Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 11 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 592 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£1,273,541,321
Aberdeen SVG Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 5 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 30 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£1,083,381,449
Aberforth Partners Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 8 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 91 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£1,182,674,838
Abu Dhabi Capital Management Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 1 trust manager
Number of Holdings
-
Maximum Total Net Assets
£53,638,298.68
Adams PLC Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 5 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 2 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£166,714.46
Advance Emerging Capital Ltd Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 8 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 37 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£273,723,924
Africa Opportunity Partners Limited Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 27 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£25,748,645.52
Albion Ventures LLP Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 3 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 57 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£65,702,884
Alcentra Limited Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
-
Maximum Total Net Assets
£184,680,436
Alliance Trust Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 21 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 82 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£3,147,806,146
Allianz Global Investors Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 4 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 100 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£572,216,160
Alpha Real Capital LLP Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 65 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£62,188,750
Altus Capital Ltd (UK) Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 16 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£23,037,350
Amati Global Partners Llp Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 5 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 64 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£37,736,951
Amber Infrastructure Group Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
-
Maximum Total Net Assets
£1,014,417,992
Amedeo Management Limited Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 1 trust manager
Number of Holdings
up to 3 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£199,342,000
Arc Fund Management Holdings plc Investment Trust
Trust Managed By
up to 2 trust managers
Number of Holdings
up to 5 holdings
Maximum Total Net Assets
£48,842,115.92

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How to Compare Fund Managers

When searching for an investment there are lots of factors to take into account. You have to decide what type of investment is best for you - whether that is a unit trust, ISA or investment trust.

You also have to find a fund that fits your risk profile and that has competitive charges and fees.

In addition, it’s important that you research the fund manager that will look after your investment. The best fund managers have a good track record of producing excellent returns and so it’s worth undertaking a managed funds comparison before you invest.

What do the top fund managers do?

Fund managers are responsible for managing a range of investment products including ISAs, unit trusts and open ended investment companies (OEICs). Their job is to maximise the returns on the fund so you get the best return on your investment.

Fund managers actively buy and sell assets within the fund in order to maximise returns. This is different from the top index fund managers whose investments are simply designed to track a share index such as the FTSE 100.

UK index fund managers typically buy and sell shares within their chosen index in the same proportions or hold a representative sample of stocks.

What to look for when you undertake a managed funds comparison

One of the best ways to identify the best fund managers is to look at the past performance of their fund.

Data about how well a particular fund has performed over recent years is available and you can often read biographies of the top fund managers to understand their investment strategy and to see what experience they have.

It is also important to understand where your managed fund invests. With hundreds of funds available you should research the options to find a fund that matches your risk profile. Do you want to invest in the UK or overseas? Are you looking for capital growth or for income?

When you undertake a managed funds comparison you should also consider the fees and charges levied by a particular investment. You can compare fund prices by manager and you will sometimes find that the best managed funds come with higher annual management fees.

Your alternative is to consider UK index fund managers. These funds typically come with much lower fees as they track a share index rather than being proactively managed by highly paid fund managers.

You should compare both options when you compare fund managers in order to find the right investment for your money.

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