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May’s issue of Money Observer has a wide-ranging line-up of features. The cover story addresses the fact that most UK investors have considerably more exposure to UK stocks than they realise, because so many global and internationally oriented funds are overweight the UK market; it discusses the benefits and potential dangers of this hidden ‘home bias’. We also take a look at medium-size companies - which until the EU referendum were the most successful part of the UK market – and ask whether their fortunes, and those of the funds that invest in them, may once again be picking up.
There’s a Head to Head piece between the buy-and-hold Scottish Mortgage managers and Ian Heslop of Merian, who successfully takes a very different approach of ‘following the money’ for the funds he runs. And now that Brexit has been pushed back to the autumn and the likelihood of a general election is on the up, it’s perhaps a fitting time to ask what a Corbyn government could mean for your finances.
If it’s May, it’s Money Observer Investment Trust Awards time, so that’s one of the focuses of the quarterly Trust supplement this month. It’s good to see so many familiar names on the roll of honour for another year, indicating that our focus on consistency of performance has paid off.
There’s plenty more in Trust, however, including a focus on how to build a core and satellite portfolio, with three detailed examples put together for investors with different risk profiles. We’ve also got a piece on the longsuffering value-focused fund managers of the investment trust world, and whether things might be about to get easier for them; and we consider prospects for the technology giants after the setbacks of the end of 2018, and the implications for tech, US and global trusts.