February's most widely bought and sold funds

Rob Morgan reveals the funds most commonly bought and sold by customers using our investment platform.

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Following market volatility in the latter part of 2018 share markets have started 2019 on a positive note. With confidence growing Terry Smith’s Fundsmith Equity continued to be the most popular fund for new investment among Charles Stanley Direct customers in February.

Mr Smith has built a significant following since he launched this fund in 2010. His no-nonsense approach to global equities has proven very effective – and investors have enjoyed significant outperformance versus the fund’s benchmark, the MSCI World index - although past performance is not a guide to the future.

Another popular global equity fund, Lindsell Train Global Equity, was also widely purchased.

Artemis Global Income remained a popular option for exposure to high yielding global stocks, and JOHCM UK Equity Income was a firm favourite for income-seeking investors wishing to allocate to UK equities.

Meanwhile, Merian UK Smaller Companies was the go-to investment for those seeking opportunities in the more dynamic part of the UK market.

Investors choosing a passive or tracker route prioritised Legal & General US Index for allocating specifically to US equities, while Fidelity Index World was the most popular option for low-cost global equity exposure.

Funds in Vanguard’s passive LifeStrategy range were once again popular with those wishing to take a balanced investment approach encompassing both equities and bonds. These offer cost-efficient passive exposure to diversified portfolios and automatically rebalance to maintain a specific asset allocation.

Among the most sold funds were a number of widely held investments, likely a result of general trading activity. There was, however, evidence of investors cooling towards certain areas such as UK smaller companies and Europe.

Neil Woodford’s CF Woodford Equity Income continued to wane in popularity among Charles Stanley Direct customers. The well-known manager has recently announced plans to switch some exposure to unquoted stocks in his £4.6bn fund to shares in Woodford Patient Capital Trust, which he also runs. This may allay concerns over a lack of flexibility with regard to these holdings.

Remember, although certain funds have been popular with our customers, this does not imply that you should follow suit. Any investment you choose should meet with your own personal circumstances and objectives, taking into consideration your existing portfolio.


Table: The top ten fund buys (in terms of number of trades) through Charles Stanley Direct in February 2019. Listed alphabetically. Does not include regular savings.

Artemis Global Income

Fidelity Index World

Fundsmith Equity

JOHCM UK Equity Income

Legal & General US Index

Lindsell Train Global Equity

Merian UK Smaller Companies

Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity

Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity

Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity


Table: The top ten fund sells (in terms of number of trades) through Charles Stanley Direct in February 2019.  Listed alphabetically.

Artemis Global Income

BlackRock European Dynamic

Fundsmith Equity

JO Hambro UK Equity Income

Lindsell Train Global Equity

L&G US Index Trust

Lindsell Train Global Equity

LF Woodford Equity Income

Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity

Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity


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