Targeting the Top Junior ISA Funds

Chelsea Financial Services outlines the funds that are being snapped up for Junior ISAs during the 2012-2013 year

Chelsea Financial Services 14 March, 2013 | 7:00AM
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This article is part of the special series, Investing with ISAs.

Morningstar's 'Perspectives' series features guest contributions from third parties such as asset managers, academics and investment professionals. The below article was written by Darius McDermott, the managing director at Chelsea Financial Services.

This year, parents and grandparents are favouring overseas equities for Junior ISA investments, with more than 50% of investments going into the following categories: global, Asia ex-Japan and global emerging markets.

The best selling fund for children's investments so far is the Newton Asian Income Fund, followed by the Invesco Perpetual High Income fund and the Liontrust Special Situations fund.

Top 10 Best-Selling Funds for JISAs



Morningstar Analyst Rating

Fund Manager


Newton Asian Income


Jason Pidcock & Caroline Keen


Invesco Perpetual High Income


Neil Woodford


Liontrust Special Situations


Anthony Cross & Julian Fosh


M&G Global Dividend


Stuart Rhodes


Rathbone Global Opportunities


James Thomson


Marlborough Special Situations

Not rated

Giles Hargreave


M&G Global Emerging Markets

Under Review

Matthew Vaight


First State Global Emerging Markets Leaders


Jonathan Asante & Glen Finegan


Old Mutual Corporate Bond


Christine Johnson


Schroder Asian Income Maximiser

Not rated

Thomas See & Richard Sennitt

The majority of Junior ISAs are still being set up on behalf of older children (73%) rather than newborn children, but the overall take-up rate has increased significantly in recent months. Applications over the last six months have been more than double those received in the preceding year.

This article was written using fund and sales data that was collected on February 28, 2013, by Chelsea Financial Services.

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Chelsea Financial Services  is a firm of independent financial advisers and the first intermediary to discount initial charges on unit trusts and bonds, and later PEPs and ISAs.