Selecting a good investment fund (new tutorial part 3)

Posted by Stephen Sutherland on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 01:30 PM

Selecting an investment fund This is the third post in our series on selecting a good investment fund, where we're taking you through the process we use.

In the first post of this tutorial we discussed the market's current trend and took a look at Morningstar and an example fund, while last time we examined the importance of a fund's manager, as well as its risk profile and portfolio.

In this post well look at how charts can also help you succeed in selecting a good investment fund.

The fund's chart

Before we take a look at our example fund's chart, lets recap what the market had done recently. If you remember, the return made over the previous nine months was 30.1%. We can use that return as a performance benchmark to measure against. 

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1 year view

When you click on the Chart tab in the left hand column, the default chart shown is a 1 year view of the fund’s performance. To get an unobstructed view of its performance, you need to click on the three ‘X’s’ that show FTSE Small Cap Ex Investment Tru..., UK Small-Cap Equity and UK Smaller Companies.

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YTD chart view

Next, click on the ‘Chart Settings’ tab.

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Now click on ‘Display Options’.

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To view the fund's price, click on the ‘Percentage’ tab. Notice the price scale that appears on the right hand side of the chart. 

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Past Prices

To check how the fund has performed over any period, you simply hover your mouse pointer over the image, allowing you to see past prices of the fund. When we hovered over this one to locate November 16th 2012 (the date the NASDAQ Composite started its nine month uptrend), we found out that the fund was trading at 2.14 and on August 27th 2013, when this screenshot was taken, it was trading at 2.93, a 36.9% nine month return.

With the NASDAQ Composite making a 30.1% return over the same period, it provided evidence that this fund was outperforming the NASDAQ in the short term as well as the long term – and that’s exactly what we're looking for.

In our final post in this series we'll look at funds' fees and charges, as well as the documentation you should read before investing.

As always, if you have any questions or thoughts on the points covered in this post, please leave a comment below or connect with us @ISACO_ on Twitter.


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