Your investments are not guaranteed; they can decrease in value as well as increase and you may not get back the full amount you put in.

 Trust Managed ByNumber of HoldingsTrust BenchmarkTotal Net Assets 
F&C
Investment Trust
up to
2
trust
managers
up to
613
holdings
varies
up to
£2,378,339,395
Standard Life
Investment Trust
up to
3
trust
managers
up to
70
holdings
varies
up to
£940,026,873
3i Asset Management Ltd
 
Investment Trust
up to
2
trust
managers
up to
34
holdings
FTSE AllSh TR GBP
up to
£3,515,322,816
Aberdeen Asset Managers plc
 
Investment Trust
up to
11
trust
managers
up to
587
holdings
varies
up to
£1,253,614,768
Aberdeen SVG
Investment Trust
up to
3
trust
managers
up to
28
holdings
FTSE World TR GBP
up to
£1,059,912,422
Aberforth Partners
 
Investment Trust
up to
8
trust
managers
up to
98
holdings
varies
up to
£1,105,811,982
Abu Dhabi Capital Management
 
Investment Trust
1
trust
manager
---
---
£50,907,119.48
Advance Emerging Capital Ltd
 
Investment Trust
up to
8
trust
managers
up to
36
holdings
MSCI EM GR USD
up to
£255,850,916
Africa Opportunity Partners Limited
 
Investment Trust
2
trust
managers
up to
27
holdings
---
up to
£28,093,560.63
Aisi Realty Capital LLC
 
Investment Trust
1
trust
manager
---
---
£31,767,517
Albion Ventures LLP
 
Investment Trust
up to
3
trust
managers
up to
55
holdings
---
up to
£63,540,317
Alcentra Limited
 
Investment Trust
2
trust
managers
---
---
£178,149,815
Alliance Trust
Investment Trust
19
trust
managers
101
holdings
FTSE All World PR GBP£2,766,386,323
Allianz Global Investors
 
Investment Trust
up to
4
trust
managers
up to
99
holdings
varies
up to
£529,548,908
Alpha Real Capital LLP
 
Investment Trust
up to
2
trust
managers
up to
65
holdings
---
up to
£58,524,840
Altus Capital Limited
 
Investment Trust
2
trust
managers
16
holdings
FTSE Gold Mines TR USD£32,172,851
Amati Global Partners Llp
 
Investment Trust
up to
5
trust
managers
up to
67
holdings
FTSE AIM All Share TR GBP
up to
£38,790,774
Amber Capital Investment Management
 
Investment Trust
2
trust
managers
---
multiple£903,010,145
Arc Fund Management Holdings plc
 
Investment Trust
2
trust
managers
10
holdings
---
£53,119,811.95
Artemis
Investment Trust
up to
4
trust
managers
up to
95
holdings
varies
up to
£140,391,573
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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.

How to Compare Fund Managers

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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