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While there are always funds enjoying a strong run, consistent sector-topping performance is a much more elusive – and desirable – achievement. In the November issue of Money Observer we update our Consistent 30 line-up of funds across 15 leading sectors, looking for the winners who not just pulled off table-topping outperformance but have managed to remain in the top or upper deciles of their sector throughout the past three years. It’s cheering to see that 13 of last year’s 30 winners have held on to their gongs, with a further five only just missing out.
In our quarterly asset allocation review, there are signs that the panel is feeling quite upbeat about global investment prospects. They believe the US market could still have legs; but they see opportunities too in emerging markets, Japanese and European equities. As Alan Higgins of Coutts observes, ‘we have synchronized economic growth around the world. That does not happen often and financial markets have been surprised.’ There’s plenty more on emerging markets elsewhere in the magazine too, from a China profile to an emerging markets fund analysis, and examination of just how nuanced the different nations’ economies are becoming as they mature.
Neil Woodford is the highest-profile fund manager to have hit the skids recently, but he’s not alone, as our review of some former golden boys of the fund management industry makes clear. We ask how long investors should hold the faith with a star manager who has lost the Midas touch. Meanwhile, as the prospect of a hard Brexit looms ever larger, we take a look at what it’s all meaning for the many UK residents who harboured dreams of buying European property for holidays or retirement. Is a place in the sun a thing of the past? We also look at the appeal of Lifetime Isas, offer guidance on how to reinvest your transferred final salary pension in a Sipp, and update our 12 Money Observer model portfolios.
Finally, November also sees our quarterly Trust supplement, with a focus on contrarian investment trust opportunities for anyone who likes the idea of going against the crowd.