Compare Funds and Investment Trusts - how the service works

Our Compare Funds and Investment Trusts service uniquely provides a comparison of funds and investment trusts in a single view, offering beginner investors a way of exploring and comparing collective funds and trusts before they invest.

Since you should be able to choose to invest in both funds and investment trusts via fund supermarkets and other discount brokers, we think people should consider both routes and, in time, even build portfolios with a mix of funds and trusts.

If you only want to consider one or the other simply uncheck the relevant box in the main selection titled “Select fund types”.


If you have specific funds – or trusts – in mind that you want to compare, you can do this by looking at the selected funds header and choose to select funds from the list. Click on the fund manager or investment company you are interested in and then you can select from the drop-down list of all of the funds it offers. 


Our service is unique in that it allows you to compare details of up to four funds and trusts side by side – this includes details on management, holdings, performance and the relevant share classes through which you can access a fund. 


If you are not sure what funds to look at you can use the service to search for funds that match your criteria. Another feature that sets our service apart is the ability to filter your results by investment manager, historical performance, and the sectors or asset classes that you are interested in exploring. If you know the region or the industry you want to invest in you can filter down to only funds and/or trusts with, for example, “minimum 50% of holdings in China” or “minimum 30% in information technology”. Once you have your results you can then use the service to compare up to four funds.

When filtering by sectors bear the following in mind:

  • ‘UT’ sectors are unique to open-ended investment companies and unit trusts and are defined by the Investment Management Association, the trade body for the UK funds industry.  If you filter by one or more of these sectors no Investment Trusts will show in your results.
  • ‘IT’ sectors are unique to closed-ended investment companies and investment trusts and are defined by the Association of Investment Companies, the trade body that represents closed-ended investment companies.
  • FE Global sectors are created by our data provider Financial Express (FE), which allows you to compare funds and trusts together by sector.


Each fund listed in your results will show the percentage total return (with net income reinvested*) over one, three and five years.  * Note: some funds and trusts that are domiciled offshore may report gross income, rather than net income.

Relative performance is a statistic which shows how well a fund has performed when compared to other funds within its sector.  This is expressed as a ranking (for example 4 / 131 means its performance ranked 4th out of 131 funds within that sector over the period) or as a quartile (for example a fund that ranks 12 out of 50 is in the top 25% of that sector – so the 1st quartile).


We highlight any funds and investment trusts that our sister magazine Money Observer lists as its Rated Funds. These are comprised mainly of actively managed funds and investment trusts that have consistently outperformed a relevant peer group over the medium term, but also includes ‘Editor’s Choice’ selections. Many of these are choices that Money Observer believes are relevant for investors interested in specific asset classes, such as mixed assets, or specialist sectors, such as commodities or biotechnology. Its Rated Funds list is updated regularly and grouped into easy-to-understand categories.

Other things to bear in mind:

  • Our data is provided by FE – while we endeavour to provide you with an accurate service, we cannot guarantee that information will be up to date and correct at all times.
  • Performance figures provided relate to a single share class of that particular fund – performance can differ depending on which share class you are invested in. A list of all share classes is provided at the bottom of the detailed comparison view.
  • Whenever you do your investment research please remember past performance is not indicative of future performance and suitability of investments depend on your own situation and risk profile.

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