Managed funds invest your money on your behalf. They generally pool your money along with funds provided by others and select investments for you. Managed funds may invest in any of the four main asset classes (cash, fixed interest, property and shares).
Evaluating managed funds - good management of funds is often characterised by:
- A consistent process for managing money. All funds promote an individual method of funds management, and the best funds stick to the process they’ve outlined.
- Financial stability, along with an experienced team, with a good compliance record and a fee structure that’s transparent and easy to understand.
- Good historical returns, including exceptional and poor returns from a fund, need to be compared to what happened in the rest of the investment market at the time and remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.
The pros and cons of managed funds.
- You access professional management - you may not have the time or the skill to manage your own investments.
- Diversification - you may gain access to a greater spread of investments than you otherwise would.
- Starting small - you don't necessarily need a lot of money to invest in a managed fund.
- Liquidity (access to your money) - if you need your money, you may simply be able to sell your shares or units in the fund at the current rate (which may have changed from when you originally invested and may not be made immediately available).
- Fees - entry, exit and ongoing management fees may apply. Make sure you compare the various funds on offer and read the fine print.
- Diluting profits - diversification can limit your risk but it may also dilute your profits.
- Tax - a fund may be managed so that you pay more tax than if you had managed your investments yourself.
- Losing control of your money - others may be involved in making decisions regarding where your money is invested.
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As you can see managed funds can be a highly effective investment vehicle. As for what’s right for you, that decision is made easier with the right advice.
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